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MECCANO ENGINEER 



& MECCANOMAN'S JOURNAL 




1977 JANUARY 




50p 



SIXTY-FIRST YEAR OF PUBLICATION 



Vol 62 



N°1 





SPECIAL COLOUR FEATURE INSIDE 



THE 



MECCANO MOTOR CAR 





STANDARD SETS 

Pocket Set 



No 2 Set 

I m %j w w vL i i # i i i • i i i f i 

No 4 Set 

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No 9 Set 

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SPECIAL SETS 

No 3M 

No 4M 

No 5ME. . . . , 

\J 69 1 5 OtJL * f ■ * • * ft * * ft ■ * * • « i 

Super Tool Set 

Flexible Track Pack 

MULTIKITSETS 

Crane Building Set. . . 

Highway Multikit 

Super Highway Multikit 

Army Multikit 

Combat Multikit 

PLASTIC MECCANO & PRIMA 



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ARGENTINE MECCANO PARTS 

ZINC PLATED 

1 c Perforated Strip 24 1 / 2 " .56 

1d Perforated Strip 18 1 / 2 " . .41 

9g Angle Girder 1" 11 

103m Flat Girder 1" 11 

103r Flat Girder 24 1 / 2 " 84 

103s Flat Girder 18%" 62 

215a Flat Slotted Strip 3" 13 

BRASS 

26g Pinion, 22-teeth, 1 / 2 "Face 50 

A30a/c Machined Bevel Gears, [pair] 2.14 
BLACK RUBBER 

A142b3"MotorTyre 67 



SOUTH AFRICAN PARTS 

132 Flywheel; red, blue, or black 
203 Headlamp; black 

AUSTRALIAN WRI PARTS 



.3.50 



are sorry 
fault!), we hope 
shortly. 



recent shortages (our 

e fully-stocked 

passing, Part 101, Heald 



Loom, will not after 



made. 



POWER SUPPLIES 

We are sorry that we have been unable to 

units for the 



supply suitable 15-volt 
E15R Motor, due 



production 



ages. We are now making arrangements to 



stock Hammant 



products 



12.95 the purpose instead. 



BOOKS 



MECCANO MAGAZINE 

you require a direct subscription with 

remit- 

Meccano 



e publishers, your 
tance must be sent to: 



Magazine, 



Reading Road, Henley-on- 



Thames, Oxon., RG9 1AG, England. 

If however, you would like to have the 



new 



magazine 



through 



our 



existing 



magazine account' service, your instruc- 



tions should 
address below. 



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IMPORTANT that 



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scriptions 



are sent 



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(MW Models), nor 



should any orders or correspondence 



tended 
Magazine offices. 



sent via the Meccano 



LISTS AND NEWSLETTERS 

No news is good news! 

Due to unforseen delay 
changing over our supplies 



Meccano 



new 



'Skin 



Pack Carded' presentation, our 



Autumn Newsletter and Lists had 
be cancelled. However, our loss was your 
gain, because, with few exceptions, we 



have continued 



trade 



prices 



published 
Lists. 



our 'Spring/Summer' 1976 



For Winter Lists & Newsletter, U K: Send 
stamped, addressed 9"X4" envelope. 
Overseas: Send three reply coupons. 






wish you 



best 



Meccano 



cquired 



remaining publ- Modelling 



sh 




Full range of Sets 

MOTORS 

'Magic' Clockwork Motor 

Clockwork Motor. . 

'Crane' Motor 

4,5volt Motor 

Motor-with-Gearbox . . . 

E15R Electric Motor . . 
Meccano Steam Engine. 
STANDARD PARTS 1 



Parts available. Meccan o Cons true tors' G uide 

Frank Hornby who made $ 1m 



1.25 
1.20 



you 



this New Year, and thank 
many Christmas Cards we 



received from all over the world. 
PACK PARTS 



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2.18 
5.35 

1.55 

3.45 

8.20 

13.30 

10.85 



also have 



remaining stocks 



view of th 



troduct 



new 



Meccano 1969-series Manuals, 



Carded' packs, we have with 



MAP Meccano Magazine back numbers drawn our special concessions 



Pack 



Meccano Magazine Q'ty back numbers Parts' ord 



When 



changeover 



Meccano Engineer back numbers. 

NEW CAVENDISH BOOKS intend pub- 



complete, new arrangement 



need 



235g 



ishing 



series 



books concerning 



UK 



Meccano Ltd's many products over 



must stress that our main business 



supply 



Meccano Extra Parts; we 



years, 



we will of course stock these. 



tota 
NOW POST FREE 



more are 



also stock, from time to time, other 



are very conscious of the shortcomings in books 



collectors from this source 



MECCANO 



AND^ MOTORS 



our service 
duction shortages 



recent years, due 



pro- 



and have at present: 



LL POST FREE 



the Factory. The The Art of the 



situation is now much improved, and we 
hope to give much better service 
future. 

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land 

Uniform with: 



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h ■■>■••■»* I V i w Li 



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hundred 
Extra 




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hard-back edition: The 



bee 



cted Great Toys of Georges Carette . . 



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items are 



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EVERYTHING MECCANO (MW Models) The Meccano Sp 



165 Reading Road, HENLEY-ON-THAMES, Oxon, RG9 1DP, ENGLAND 

Telephone: Henley-on-Thames (STD code 049 12) 2436) 









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ISSN 0309-1 376 



1977 JANUARY 




ON THE COVER: A whiff of nostalgia; the original 
1932 Meccano Motor Car Constructor (lower left) and 
the very rare Non-Constructional Meccano Car (right). 
In the background is the box for the latter, which is 
supporting a Hornby Poster Board complete with Car 
Constructor Poster, a Nut & Bolt box from a No 2 Car 
Constructor Outfit, and the legendary 'K'-Type 
cano Oilcan. The items were kindly supplied by 
Roy Ha I Is worth, and the photograph 
specially taken for Meccano Magazine 

rge Bushell & 



M 






Son, 



was 
by 

Henley -o n-Thames. 




EDITOR MIKE NICHOLLS 



ASSISTANT EDITOR . . . PAUL SMITH 



PRODUCTION DIRECTOR 
LIAISON DIRECTOR . . . 



LIZ PHELAN 
DAVE TATE 






Dear Reader, 

You 
Meccano 
pages you 



in your hand the new 

Within these 
things familiar 




and new. If you have been a reader 
of Meccano Magazine 








Engineer, or Meccano 



man's Journal, or 




you are an 



entirely new reader, our message is 
the same: 

WELCOME! 

We are pleased to contribute to 
the life story of the magazine that 
has become an international 
tution, and we are only sorry that, 
due to many 




PHOTOGRAPH ABOVE: A Meccano Orrery 

designed and built by Bert Love. The inspi- 
ration for this neat model came from Alan 
Partridge's design published as Modelplan 59. 
Bert was determined to simplify the published 
design without detracting from the accuracy. 



CONTENTS OF THIS EDITION 



PAGE 



ITEM 





a 



complete change 



m- 
of 



we have had much less 



eluding 
offices 

time than we would have liked to 
prepare this issue. However, we 

that we have made a 
impression despite the 



Meccano Magazine 
18 Reading 

Henley-on-Thames 




Oxon 



RG9 1 AG 






Whilst no 




decision has yet 



England 
is the address to which all 
correspondence and material should 
be sent. Subscriptions should be 



been taken, the revertion to month- 

on the 

Mean- 



clearly 



m arked 'Sub script ions 




cards 

while, 




ion is 




we 



the near future 
shall 




all other material 
marked Tor the 




on 



a 



quarterly basis. 

NEW ADDRESS 



A 




that has emerged from 



Department', 
should be 

attention of the Editor 
THANKS 

May I take this opportunity to 
thank all those who have written to 

their 



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MECCANO NEWS 
OCEAN-GOING DIESEL TUGBOAT 

POSTBAG 
DARLINGTON REVIEW 

THE TAYLOR TOUCH 
AMONG THE MODEL-BUILDERS 

DESIGN FOR JOY Part 2 
THE MECCANO MOTOR CAR 

VINTAGE VELOCITY 

CLUB NOTES 

SOUTH-SEEKING CHARIOT 

LET YOUR MODELS LIVE Part 5 

9-SPEED & REVERSE GEARBOX 

NVIEW 



41 2 (OR MORE) FOR THE PRICE OF 1 

STOP PRESS 



r ec en t corr esp o nd en c e , 



and 




one 



which 

Meccano 

matter, Delta Graphics 




ood wishes to the 
new crew', I am sorry that I have 




41 
43 
44 

45 



NORTH-WEST FRONTIER 
EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENTS 
CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS 



clarification, is that been unable personally to reply to 
azine, (and, for that all the letters, but 






was: 




no 



connexion whatsoever 



has 
with 



the 




or individual replies! 
Our thanks must also be ex- 



MW Models of Henley-on-Thames, tended to Chris Jelley and his team 
We can not accept letters or orders at Liverpool for keeping the Maga- 
for that firm enclosed with ma- 
terial mailed to us; likewise, 



can not be expected to 



t 



to 



us MM 




pass 




enclosed in 




their mail. Items incorrectly di- 

are bound to be delayed. 

The address of the new MM offices 
is as follows: 



zine going these past few years, be- 
cause without them, we would not 
be here now. 

But enough of this editorial chit- 
chat — on with the Magazine that, 
given your continuing support, will 

to strength in 



grow from 

the months ahead. 




MECCANO MAGAZINE is published quarterly, 
In January, April, July, and September, by 
Meccano Magazine, 18 Reading Road, Henley- 
on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1 AG, England. The MM 

is designed by Mike Nicholls & Paul Smith, and 
is produced by Delta Graphics at the above 
address. The black-and-white pages of this 
magazine were printed in Reading, England by 
Sandersons Design & Print Ltd. The colour 
material was produced by Sackville S meets Ltd, 
London, and printed by Sackville Press Ltd, 
Molesey, England. Copyright exists on all 
editorial material in this magazine, and no part 
may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, 
or transmitted, in any form or by any means, 
without the prior permission of the publishers. 

SUBSCRIPTIONS are available from the 
MM offices at the above address; the current 
rates are as follows: Surface mail throughout 
UK and world £2. Air mail: to Europe £2; 
Australasia, Canada, South Africa, USA, 
Argentina £4. Back numbers are available 
from MW Models — see advertisement pages. 



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BY THE EDITOR 



As this is written, toy manufac- 
turers everywhere are planning a 

Birmingham , 



convergence 



on 



England, where the first Toy Fair 
of 1977 is to be opened on January 
22nd. 

As regular readers of MM and 
Meccano Engineer 

Fair 
Brighton, England) is the launch 
pad for Meccano Ltd's new intro- 
ductions for the coming year. 










(previously 



held 



at 



Lack 



of 



time 



complete review of the 



precludes 



a 




j, 



any s 



innovations, (this is being written 




on January 8th!), but I will cover 
the important points here, leavin 
the detail to our next edition. 

MECCANO 



NEW 



PACKAGING 



FOR 



Meccano 

the 

ive new 




have a new look in 



for the range of standard Sets from EU1071 Motor, with 



■ 

a 





to 




as well as the 3M and 4M 



Motorized Sets. 



reversing switch, is the smaller of 
the two, while the EU1072 Motor 



full-colour photographic is the larger, this coming complete 



Using 
illustrations, the new packaging has with a separate reversing sw 





specially designed for maxi- Both are 




mum impact by showing boys and 




iving 



high 




metal-built units 



power -outputs, 



ideal 



girls 'having fun' with Meccano; for driving Meccano models (see 
and let's face it, however seriously photograph). 



we 



take 



our 



cherished 



hobby 



) 



Meccano is a 'fun' product 
one that provides enjoyment, 



The Motors are made by Gebr 



le, 
and 



Marklin 




Cie GMBH for Meccano 




Limited, for sale only in UK and 



modern world, it appeals to countries outside Europe. 



well as boys. The new 



In addition to 




new 




shoots the message home the existing 1.5—4.5 volt DC Motor 



at a glance. 

NEW MOTORS 

The big news, as far as the enthusi- 
ast is concerned, is that two power- 
ful new Electric Motors have been 
introduced to the system. 

Available as separate-sale access- 



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introduced last year in the Multikit 
Crane-Building Set, is now available 
for separate sale, identified as N9 
11053 Junior Power Drive Motor 



Mk2. 



With 



a 



remarkably 



high 



power-to-size ratio, the Motor has 



already 



proved 



itself 




for 



ones 



both 




year. Bright, attract- motors, operatin 



units 



are 



have been produced 




AC, 



or 




14 



from 

volts 




universal driving smaller models, and the 
16 volts separate-sale demand for it from 



DC. 



The 



modellers has been considerable. 





























1977 JANUARY 













i 







ABOVE: 



The 



new 



look for Plastic Mec- 
cano. Note the use of 



•Prima* Wheels 



the 



new Flexible Plates, 
and the Flanged Disc. 



LEFT: The new Mec- 
cano Motors manu- 
factured by Mark I in. 
At the far left is the 
reversing switch that 
is supplied with the 

EU1072 Motor which 



NEW PLASTIC MECCANO 

Plastic Meccano has been complete- 
revised for 1977. Following a 




'big pieces for little hands* theme 
the 



? 



com 





been 



re- 



collated into a whole new range of 
versatile outfits. 

In addition to all the existing 



parts, 



some 



valuable 



new 




have been introduced, 



Flexible Plate 



similar material 



to 



the 



of 
metal 



Meccano system's Plastic Plates, 

different-sized Flanged 
which greatly increase 



and 



two 




of 




assembled 



models. (See photograph.) 



As 



with 



metal Meccano, new 



> 



Plastic Meccano is a 'progressive* 
system consisting of three main 



Outfits, Set N9 




Set N9 




5 



and 



Set N9 




each set progressively 





larger than the one before it. Two 

Sets are 

, and the 
former converting Set 1 into Set 2, 
and the latter, Set 2 into Set 3. 

Outside the progressive system, 
there is a new Play Pack, designed 
to introduce boys and girls to the 
pleasures of Plastic Meccano model- 
ling, and the two accessory packs of 

Nuts and Bolts, and the Track Pack 
for fitting crawler tracks to appro- 



priate models remain in the system. 

The new Plastic Meccano Outfits 

are packed in up-to-date boxes with 

full -colour photo -illustrations of 
children with models. 

Further details of the new Meccano 



is seen in the centre products, 




of the picture. To the 



innovations 



news of interesting 



by 



other 



toy 



and 



right is the Euio7i t hobby manufacturers will appear in 
which has a buiit-in a review of the Toy Fair in the 

next edition of Meccano Magazine, 



reversing 



switch. 












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THERE IS NO MISTAKING the 



BERT 



MODEL 









rugged outlines of the Oceangoing 



Tugboat 




in Figs.l&2. 



This model was designed to comp- 
lement the N? 10 Set Cargo /Pas- 

[Special Leaflet] , and 

it. 






cales 



quite nicely 




» 



Construction is straightforward 
and should be evident from the 

photographs. 



HULL 

Start by building an identical pair 
of sides from Flexible Plates and 
Perforated Strips as seen in Figs.l 
&2« Working from the tug's stem 

(pointed end), a 5V4"X 2V4"Flexible 
Plate is bolted to a 5Vi"X ^"Flex- 
ible Plate, the reduction in depth 
being tapered by a 2 1 / 2 "X IY2" Tri- 
angular Flexible Plate as shown in 
Fig.l. 

At waterline level, a 12 1 /i"Strip 
is overlaid three holes on to the 




5H"X 2Vi"Plate 



» 




extends to the 



rear as part of the stern (blunt end). 
A second 12% "Strip is similarly at- 
tached to the tug's side at deck 
level but, where this is placed three 
holes forward on the bow platin 
is also overlaid with a SMi "Strip in 






a 





curve has 
shaping the curvature 





the 



bow plate. This Strip is stood off 



by a Washer at its 




point, 



and by an Obtuse Angle Bracket at 



the stem where the bow plates join. 



As such, it forms a rubbing strake 
when the tug is engaged in the 
pushing ahead mode. 

second 5WStrip, also gently 
curved, runs round from the top of 
the Triangular Plate to the peak of 














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1977 







. 




the stem at a risin 



secured 

Bracket 




an 





> 




is 



of the funnel, are used to secure it 




another Obtuse Angle to the Flanged Plate in the position 

one hole from the shown. 



peak by Fishplates, The remaining 
gap in the stern side plating is filled 



A heavy-duty towing hook is 



by a third 5%* 'Strip and a 2W 9 X 1V4" 



made 
Double 



by 




ecunn 



An 





the 
Bracket 




1"XV4" 
to the 



Flexible Plate. Final rounding of Flanged Plate, just abaft (to the 

the stern section is left 




decking 



and 



superstructure 



the 
are 



completed. 

DECK AND SUPERSTRUCTURE 

Start by setting two 3 4"Bolts on 

the rear end of the 




each sid e 
5VS"X 2V6"Flan 




Plate 



ed 
holes in. 

secured by one Nut each. 



> 






on top 

Bolts are 



rear of) the funnel, using one Nut 
and Bolt. Attach the large Loaded 
Hook, using a l"Axle Rod, one 
Washer and one Spring Clip in the 
second holes of the Double Bracket. 
In the finished model, a Hank of 
Meccano Cord simulates the hemp 
towing 'spring' used by tugs to take 
out the 'snatch' in a wire hawser 



Place a 4VS"X2VS" Flexible Plate 



when 



taking up the tow 



over the 




end of a Flaneed 








in 





Fig.2 
The 




Plate, and pass the %"Bolt 
previously mentioned through the 



lapped Plates as shown in all four 
illustrations, A second Nut should 
first be put on the Bolt shanks be- 
fore making this joint, so that the 
Sector Plate is spaced exactly the 
depth of the flange below the sur- 
face of the Flanged Plate. A 
Nut then secures the assembly. 



shows the 'sprin 

'spring' is made from left-over Cord 

after the anchor cables have been 

produced (see below). 

Forward deck plating is continu- 
ed on each 




Angle Strips bolted to the forward 

end of the Flanged Plate act as 
vertical supports for the bridge 
deck, and securing points for 
next piece of main decking. At this 
stage, the decking can be joined to 
the partially-finished hull. 

Side flanges on the Sector Plate 
are bolted directly to the ship's side 
and an internal Flat Trunnion on 
each side helps to secure the hull 
Strips together, just at the point 
half-way along each Sector Plate. 



The 





of each Sector 



Plate is also secured to the side 
Strips, but a Fishplate is sandwich- 
ed here by its round hole and tilted 

a fourth 




slightly forward to 
5Vi"Strip to be bolted to the Tri- 
angular Flexible Plate as 
thus continuing the shelter 
from the bow section. 

Slight tapering of the tug's stern 




is formed by the angles of the 

Plates, and these are set for 
critical spacing by the towing beam 




mounted across the stern. Two \ 



>> 



Reversed Angle Brackets form the 
supports, and the beam itself is a 
3Vfc"Strip. This carries a second 3V4" 
Strip at its centre which, in turn, 
runs forward to be attached to the 
rear top centre hole of the Flanged 



Plate. In this position, it provides 
bracing for the towing beam, and a 



ridge for the engine room venti- 
lation hatch. 



2 V6" □ Transparent Flexible 




Plate 




the 





ows, 




and this is curved as shown, and 
trapped by a pair of 3V4 "Axle Rods 
secured by Spring Clips under 
Flanged Plate, and set into Angle 
Brackets under the towing beam 
shown clearly in Fig.3. A third 
Angle Bracket under the centre of 



the 




beam holds a 2 V4 "Step- 



ped Curved Strip lodged between 
the ends of the Sector Plate flanges 
to act as an end filling for the 



engine room hatch (see Fig.3) 



■ 



Stern 



2V4 



>f 




IS 








m a 



Semi-Circular Plate at each 





a 2 1 /2"DFIex- side, secured by Angle Brackets to 
ible Plate, using its slotted holes to the tug's side, and Formed Slotted 

are bolted under the 12W* 
of the hull to outline the 




ive an inwards taper, and this can 
be clearly seen in the underneath 





view of Fig.4. A pair of Double stern plating. This is completed by 



Make the funnel next 




m one 



2Vi"D Flexible Plate, one Curved 



2 1 / 2 "D 
Shaped 





, and one UJ '- 

Flexible Plate. Construc- 
tion is clear from Figs,l&2. A 
modern-style cowling to the diesel 
funnel is provided by a pair of 
2 1 /6"DBlue Plastic Plates, curved in- 
side the funnel and set up at the 

shown. It is important to use 

for firm construction 
and appearance. One Angle Bracket 
inside the funnel at the rear, and a 
second at the front, but with its 
long lug slid forward under the base 










7 




lapping a pair of 2V2 "X 1 Va "Blue 



2% 



?? 



Flat Plate forming 




bridge 



Multi-Purpose Gear Wheels 




Plastic Plates over the existing 2VS" deck as shown in Figs.l & 5. A third ed on a 2 "Axle Rod passed through 
X 1 ^"Flexible Plates bolted to the 2y 2 "Strip traps a 2 1 / 2 "Xl 1 / 2 "Trans- another Right-Angle Rod and Strip 



side Strips. 






The central stern gap is filled by the bridge windbreak 



parent Plastic Plate in place to form Connector, which is in turn bolted 



to 



one 



lug of a 



W y X ^"Double 



a Bush Wheel as shown in Fig.3, 



The mast is made from a 4 "Axle Bracket fixed three holes back from 



but the construction seen in the Rod extended via a Rod Connector the front end of the 4 1 / 2 "Flat Plate, 



underneath view of Fie.4 shows the 




by a 




"Axle Rod. A V^'X y 2 "Double Washers are placed on the 2"Axle 



alternative use of the small Flanged Bracket is 



Plate for this purpose. 
Stern Decking is com 




over the 




of 



Rod to ensure free movement of 




by 



the mast and rests on the Rod Con- the Multi-Purpose Gears 



nector, where it is locked in place 



About 500mm of Meccano Cord 



folding a W y lip at right-angles on a by the Bolt shank holding a Right- is plaited-up to simulate the anchor 



2WD Flexible Plate, This can easily Angle Rod and 




by first trapping the Plate tightly pressed against the 2"Rod. 



be 

between a pair of Girders or Strips 

by means of Nuts and Bolts. Secure 




Connector 



cables, and secured as shown in 
the underneath view of Fig .4. The 



fro nt 



Bolt a Bush Wheel under the remainder of the Cord is made-up 



end 



of the Flanged Plate into a hank 




use as the towing 




two 



this Plate to the upper pair of carrying the funnel, 

Formed Slotted Strips, and overlay holes farther forward 

with a 2V2"Strip. Bolt the third- bridge decking centrally to the two by a W'Angle Bracket in the centre 




spring* previously mentioned, 

is fitted in the bow 





holes-in from the bend in the Plate vertical 



1%"X ^"Double 



to the fourth holes of the Semi- 




Angle 



of the 2 1 / 2 "Curved Strip at that 



previously mounted on the position. The staff is a l x / 2 "Rod fit- 



Circular Plates, at the same time front end of the Flanged Plate, and ted with a Cord Anchoring Spring, 




L / 2 "Angle 




as 



then pass the mast 




shown in Fig.3 for the purpose of the bridge and secure it in the Bush nector. 



through and a normal Rod and Strip Con 



holding the Axle Rods which 

the engine room hatch in place. 
V^'Bolt, and two 3 4"Washers sand- 




Wheel below. If the small Flanged 



Additional details can be added 



Plate has been used for the stern by lashing the 1 "Flexible Rings on 
ating, a second Bush Wheel is the stem of the tug, to act as 




wiching the V& "Plastic Pulley make available for bolting to the mast 



fenders 



the rear capstan . 



> 



and the 



just 




the bridge decking for laced to the ship's 




can 
for 







FO'C'S'LE DECKING 

Continue the forward deck plating 
as shown in the general views, with 

reference to Fig.4. Note 
that 2V 2 "X lV 2 "Double Angle Strips 



additional stability. 



Meccano 



Cord 






ditional fenders, although this 
would reduce the ocean-going scale 

somewhat. Alternative- 
1 "Pulleys and Tyres could 




are used as bracing for the fo'c's'le 
decking at four points underneath. 



stays for the yard-arm, which is a 

3V 2 "Axle Rod fixed in the Right- 
Angle Rod Connector. be employed below, with a few ad- 

Fig,5 shows the cable winches on ditional parts, to make it a push- 
the fo'c's'le, and these are two along model. 




4 1 / 2 "X2 1 / 2 "Flat 



Plate 



runs 



centrally to 

and at its 






the bow plates, 
end it is fitted 
2 1 / 2 "Stepped Curved Strip 

Nuts and Bolts 





carryin 




2 ^"Strips at either side, 



running inside the bow plates and 
close to them. Fig. 2 shows their 
position and that of the other pair 
of Triangular Flexible Plates in the 
N9 5 Meccano Set, 
bolted to the outside corners of the 





two 



2y 2 "D Flexible Plates, 



and 



trapped by the forward pair of 
2V 2 "Double Angle Strips as 



clearly 



illustrated 



in 



Fig,4. 



is 
The 






2 1 / 2 "Strip 



fo'c's'le decking is completed by a 
pair of 2 ^"Strips bolted in the gap 
between the Triangular 

the 4V 2 "Flat Plate. 

A 3 / 8 "Bolt holds 
in place, but also secures a 1" loose 
Pulley on the deck on each side of 
the fo'c's'le to act as accommo- 
dation hatches. Some patience and 
a firm grip is required to marry-up 



the curvature of the bow plating 
and the fo'c's'le decking, but the 



two 



forward 



2y 2 "Double 



Angle 





to the middle hole of 
the bow plates and the central holes 
of the 4y 2 "Flat Plate will assist this 
part of the assembly. 



BRIDGE AND DECK FITTINGS 

Two 2y 2 "Strips and two 2V 2 "Double 
Angle Strips form the bridge screen, 
and these are bolted to the 4WX 











1977 JANUARY 











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Meccano Magazine 

18 Reading Road 
Henley-on-Thames 

Oxfordshire 
RG9 1AG f England 



NEW PARTS, TRUE PARTS, AND 
PARTS FROM FOREIGN PARTS 

From Or Kolth Cameron 

Dear Mike and Paul: 

I have just received the first newsletter of 
the Southern California Meccano Club, of 
which I am proud to be a member - al- 
though I am not much nearer them than 
Henley-on-Thames! Here again is an ex- 
ample of the value to the Meccano en- 
thusiast of communication. People speak 
(with some truth) of the 1930s as the 
'halcyon years' of Meccano . But I do not 
remember then such a wealth of infor- 
mation available so widely, read so avidly, 



a] 

b] 
c] 



They are cheap to produce, yet 
goo d -loo kin g r not cheap -loo kin g . 

are quiet. 

They have quite accurate involute 
design. 




I must respect this opinion, but he is 
welcome to keep it* Not all the world is 
fortunate enough to live in England 
where one can run down to the corner 
store and buy genuine Liverpool Meccano 
parts j or write and have them delivered 
within a few days; or know a nearby Mec- 
cano enthusiast who has the parts and 
will be willing to lend them until the shop 
receives a delivery. 

I live in the Los Angeles basin, and the 
nearest shop carrying Meccano parts is in 
Palo Alto near San Francisco - a day's 
drive each way. 

I could order from England and receive 
the parts two years later (which has 
happened in this area), or I could make 
do with the Meccano that I have on hand 



when is Meccano not Meccano 



4 



'When 



Meccano is not made in Liverpool". 
Therefore, I maintain that Mr Hal lid ay 
is welcome to his opinion, but it cannot 
be one to which 1 subscribe, as it is much 
too narrow to fit facts. His purism is 
commendable and as such should be 
encouraged, but it is a luxury that not all 
model builders are able to follow. 




Clyde Suttle 



6062 Cerulean Avenue 

Garden Grove 
California 92645 

USA 



The im-purist can modify them and end U P with a sun-and -planet like 



easily. (They positively throw temp- 
tation at you in this respect, and all 



Watt's steam engine, or I could use any 
part that was handy, such as Erector 



sorts of interesting possibilities have Marklin, Stokys, Trix, American Model 



occurred to me, but I restrain my- 
self for obvious reasons!) 



Builder, or Structo that would fit the 
need. Meccano 'purism' of the Halliday 



e] 



They offer insulation to the l YP Q is a luxury practiceable only for a 



electrical builder. 



One disadvantage: Fixture of the P82 to a 
Bush Wheel leaves a rim higher than the 



few in this country, 

Mr Halliday's statement ".^Marklin is 



a descendant of Meccano 



but it's not 



prepared with such erudition, illustrated valleys between the teeth, thus causing Meccano now .„" brings up two questions 



so fully, written so concisely, and bring* 
ing information to so many, I speak 
particularly of the Meccano Engineer, but 
the personal letters and newsletters also 
ensure an ever heightening interest that 
would inevitably lag in my isolation. 

I was amused to read one of Adrian 



Ash ford's Parts suggestions 




49 of 



some problems, especially if sliding side- 
ways is to be allowed. This can be over- 
come by using a specially -lathed Bush 
Wheel of 32mm diameter, or an Elektrikit 
[1"] Bush Wheel (in which case, the 
holes are non-standard spacing and are 
very near the centre hole). 

I would suggest therefore, a new set 



in my mind: 



i] 

2] 



When is Meccano Meccano? 
When is Meccano not Meccano? 



I have a complete 1914 Meccano Set N°4 
and I made a comparison with the current 
Meccano system and the current Marklin 
system. The 1914 set is the one that the 
Marklin Brothers bought out in Germany. 



ME12], ie, the Skiameter Hub Disc. of Gears, based on the Plastic ones now Both s y stem s have retained certain parts 



Dare I (Oh! f dare I) draw attention to 
the despised Marklin #10395 which is 
95mm in diameter, and (except for the 
groove) makes an excellent 'Hub Disc 1 , 
If Marklin parts #10914 (Multi -Purpose 
Gear), and #11787 (Cam) became 're- 
spectable' Meccano parts without any 
fanfare, fuss, flummery or folderol, why 
cannot part #10395 be introduced 



available, with facilities for fitting them 
to standard parts such as Bush Wheels, 
and with slightly different sizing to make 
them adaptable to Meccano spacing when 
meshing, and with the addition of a ring, 
to be slipped over the Hub Disc. (Of 
course, I originally got the idea of my 
plastic ring from the Marklin #10992 
(Zahnkranz), but I wouldn't mention 



and have deviated in other parts. Both are 
mature construction systems with many 
excellent features, even though both have 
diverged from each other in other 
features. Even identical twins separate 
and diverge as they mature, Marklin is not 



Liverpool Meccano 



I agree with Mr 



Halliday on that, but that it is not Mec- 
cano is a different matter. 

We have Meccano on the market made 



officially into the system, 'as is', com- thatl By the way - the Meccano plastic 

plete with 16 holes in the outer circum rings that I have made for the Hub Disc H? different countries under license by 



ference, and let Meccano drill 16 holes 
(as suggested by Adrian) in Part 146a to 
match, and thus allow fixing of sixteen 
spokes? Amen, So be it. I have spoken. 

May I be forgiven, Oh Spirit of Frank in appearance. 
Hornby ! 



are far and away superior to the Marklin 
system of Gear Rings (#11)918 - 10992) 
retaining the involute design, accurate 



positive mesh, quiet, strong, and realistic 



firms with a name other than Meccano. 
These parts and sets seem to be perfectly 
acceptable as Meccano, so the name of 
the firm does not seem to be a criterion. 

In my collection of metal construction 



Regarding large gears 



again in 



I have many more ideas (for ex- sets, I have a set identical with the Mec- 



reference to Adrian's seminal suggestions 
- I have the following reservations: 

a) Gear wheels larger than ZW would 
. have too limited a sale to be profit- 
able to Meccano Ltd, and would 

thus come under the same ban as 
the ill-fated 167. 

Gear wheels larger than ZVz* with 
standard teeth would have to be 
made with more precision (eg, no 



ample, what about Rack Strips in various 

tooth meshes?) but must get back to my [1973 July], with one exception 

doctoring. 

As ever 
Keith, 



MJ 



the 



name of the set, - and I am enclosing a 



accompanies 



b] 



Homeplace Clinic 
Ary Kentucky 

USA 



From Or Clyde Suttle 

Dear Mike 



When my copy of ME J 2 arrived, I auto 



set to let you note this exception. These 
sets were not too common, but at least 
they prove that Meccano can be Meccano 
even when it is not Meccano! 

I am quite sure however, that Mr 
Halliday r s answer to my first question - 
when is Meccano Meccano - would be, 



From J A Fuller 

Dear Sirs 

Further to Adrian Ashford's letter and 

your comments thereon in ME 12. 

1 agree that a smaller-diameter Circular 
Girder would be useful, and that the Nar- 
row Strip range could be extended, but a 
more pressing need seems to be a 
properly-proportioned Road Wheel — 
cheaper than private venture low-profile 
tyres. 

Perhaps a moulded plastic outer wheel 
to be bolted to, say, a Bush Wheel 
would be an answer. 

On a more personal note, I find it al- 
most impossible to construct a true roller 
bearing (for the top of a crane tower). 
The best I could manage was a 168a [Ball 
Race Flanged Disc] as an inner race, and 
for the outer race, a 143 [Circular Girder] 
with fourteen % "Flanged Wheels as rol- 
ling elements spaced by 114 "St rips as cage 
members* The bearing axis of course was 
vertical, and the rollers ran on the lips of 
their flanges. The whole was a bit sloppy, 
but could be improved by sticking some 
self-adhesive tape inside the Circular Gird* 
er flange to reduce clearance. 

Another way is with packs of 4"dia 
Circular Plates and Circular Strips as races 
with Cone Pulleys as rolling elements, but 
the narrow contact area is not ideal. 

Introducing a plain roller of similar 
diameter would solve the problem. It 
could be made of plastic, with boss, and 
about 9.5mm across the face. This would 
fill a noticeable gap, as there is no true 
roller between the Adaptor for Screwed 
Rod and the Wheel Flange. 

In some situations, flanges and sharp 
rims are embarrassing, and if we do get a 
smaller-diameter Circular Girder, perhaps 
someone would keep in mind this roller 
bearing point and make the inner dia- 
meter capable of running with, say f a 
Face Plate as inner race and & "Pulleys 
as rollers, 

I am not sure about filling in the gaps 
at the upper ends of Strip and Angle 
Girder ranges, as I feel that it would 



accent icity whatsoever) than is at matically turned to the 'Opinion' section M When Meccano is made in Liverpool", reduce the sales of shorter lengths with 




present the Liverpool standard 

c] Larger gear wheels therefore might 

(as Adrian suggested) benefit from 
sharing mesh design with the 
Large -Tooth Quadrant and thus be 
additions to a new system of 

gearing. They would however, be relative* 
ly heavy and clumsy. 

d] Large gear wheels of excellent 

design are already available in 3 
sizes in Plastic Meccano. The range 

is limited and their use is made space-con- 
suming by the shoulder^and-coUet nut 

but I have modified Plastic Gears 
to adapt them to sweet*running and 
powerful drive mechanisms, with the con- 
struction also of a gear ring to slip over a 
Hub Disc. 

I would suggest that here lies one 
solution. If Meccano France has modified 
the Plastic Road Wheel, surely Meccano 
could modify their Plastic Gear Wheels by 
selling them without the shoulder. They 
should (or could) still retain their 9,5mm 
centre hole in which a boss of a Wheel 
Disc could be inserted, another Wheel 

Disc (boss out) being fitted on the other 

side of the Gear. Special holes would have 
to be provided for fixing the Gear to the 
Wheel Disc, The larger Gear [P80] could 
be provided with a different centre con- 
struction with some open space to allow 

its use as a differential and for other 
purposes. 

To the despisers of plastic, I would 
say that these Gears offer several advan- 
tages: 



and read H J (Bert) Halliday 's opinion. 



and his answer to the second question 



out increasing the overall sales. 














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Is Meccano not Meccano even when it is Meccano?. . 



See the letter from Dr Clyde Suttle, above 














9 




NO! a 12-tooth Bevel to mate with 
the existing 48 -tooth Bevel is fundamen- 
tally unsound since mating cone angles, 
numbers of teeth , and diametral pitch are 
interrelated. It would be more practicable 
to introduce a 60 -tooth Contrate. This 
would be drilled, for maximum versatility, 

with 1 2 holes ! 

This leads on to the obvious thought 
of how alternative or extra drillings could 
improve existing parts. May I suggest a 
Plate (say, 3V4 M X1!0 drilled with holes 
at W* pitch for the more complex gear- 



moment, and doggedly use the lot! 

Almost as soon as I unpacked my first 
Meccano set (a N?8), I accidentally stum- 
bled on my most useful 'extra' tool. 
Somehow my 36b got itself magnetized, 
and I now use it 





No doubt one could go on for ever, 

that an infinite 




is a 




but one has to 

variety of 

diction in terms, and can never be 

achieved, even if it was really desirable! 

To conclude, I must unfortunately 
censure Meccano Ltd for reducing the 
versatility of Threaded Pins by these 
current under-Rod-sized diameters. No 
longer will Rod and Strip Connectors, 
Clips, etc, function properly; and why 
can't we have Angle Girders at true 

The 



(specially 

labelled to distinguish it from other, non- 
magnetized p Screwdrivers) to retrieve 
those annoyingly elusive Nuts f Bolts, and 
Washers which fall down into inaccessible 
places. I also use it to hold Grub Screws, 
and guide them into gearboxes to se- 
cure Wheels and Pinions. So far I haven't 
read about anyone using this device, but 
it surely must be widely known. 

The only tool with which I cannot get 
on, and I'm prepared to believe that it's 
my ignorance or awkwardness, is the 34b 
Box Spanner. However 1 hold it, the Nut 
falls out causing more frustration than 
fiddling about with my fingers, Perhaps 
someone would care to instruct me? 1 

Having said all this, I should add that 



much 




the criticism levelled at the 




traditional tools as made today is by no 
means unjustified, but, in my judgement, 
right-angles any more? The ones a ll that it needs is Meccano Ltd to spend 
produced for some years now are bent at a little more care {and expense) making 
about 92 which is an infernal nuisance! 




Primus Clockwork Motor. See the 
letter from R Watson. 



I do not know if these comments will 
be of value, but at least I have got them 
clean out of my system. 



the tools more snug-fitting and durable, bracing when an ordinary 3 "'Strip will 



Yours faithfully 
J A Fuller 



r 



27 Allesley Hall Drive 

Coventry 
England. 



From D J Faux 

Thoughts on Strips: 

Meccano Strips have several distinct 
uses, the main ones being, as I see them, 
working pieces, strengthened, packers, 
and decorative pieces. 






Meccano Ltd have supplied us with a 
good variety of Strip sizes. I am not one 
of those who would advocate the pro* 



duct ion of such potentially small -runners 




IS 4", 5", or even 6W or 1014" 
let someone make out a case for the large- 
scale use of these items if he can! Nor do 
I see the necessity - although I appreci- 
ate the curiosity value - of the lSVa" and 
24V£ M bendy monsters turned out occ- 
asionally by our good friends in Argen- 
tina, Only the way out fanatic or non- 
building collector is going to stock them! 

Nevertheless, the usually undemanding, 
easy-going model builder like myself has 

wants. One 




his occasional wishes 
thing that hurts me most painfully is the 
sight of the mutilated 2 "Strip, which for 
years now has appeared gored through 
the middle. This little bit of surgery, 
which was a fine idea to meet the in- 









frequent need for a midpoint journal hole, 
has unalterably disfigured the piece in my 
eyes, and it languishes in fair numbers in 
one corner of my storage box, from 
where I seldom summon it forth. Not 
only are its strengthening properties sadly 
lessened by the extra hole, but as a decor* 
ative piece it fails miserably, liable to 
stick out like a sore thumb on any model! 

1 was fascinated, though a little 
saddened, by the new -look 214 "Strips il- 
lustrated in the October 1976 MMQ, It is 
a pity that well loved shapes have to 
change to satisfy production needs, but I 
applaud any cost saving to the Company. 
The problem is, for a good while they will 
look different from ^ our other Strips, 
subtly altering the decorative qualities 
about which I was talking. Nevertheless, 
we might gain on the swings, because 
when Meccano Ltd eventually tool-up for 
new-style 2 "Strips, they may listen to my 
plea for a 4 -hole instead of the 5 -hole 
variety, to restore the Strip range to its 
former pristine beauty. 

Meanwhile, does anyone feel like 
making some old-fashioned 2 "Strips to 
please me? 

Thoughts on tools : 

All sorts of experienced model-makers 
have contributed to the columns of the 
various magazines hitherto available for 
the Meccano enthusiast, and the subject 
of tools has often been aired. From what 
I read, very few of the hardy 'profession- 
als 1 pick up a standard Meccano Spanner 

or wield a 36 or even a 36a or b! Most of 

them wouldn't be seen dead with the 
Super Tool Set cluttering up their tool 
box, but I'm still a dumb purist at the 



rather than churning out thousands of 
easily mangled units, * 

39 Fairmeadow 



D J Faux 



Winslow 

Buckingham MK18 3JB 




1 The Box Spanner's usefulness can be ex- 
tended by lengthening Its slot right out to 

the end — rather In the manner of the Super 
Tool Set Nut Holder —and slightly bending in 

the two parts of the 'fork* so formed. This en- 
ables a Nut to be gripped and carried Into place 

on the Bolt, after which the Spanner can be 
withdrawn. This idea was shown to me by Niels 

Gottlob during a recent visit, 

2 To give Meccano Ltd their due, they are 
primarily In business to sell the Meccano 

system as a toy — If they did not take this 
attitude, they would perish — and, whilst re- 
specting the feelings of adult enthusiasts (as 

few, If any, other 'hobby manufacturers' care 

to do) they must be aware that engineering- 
standard tools are available from other sources 
for those who find the 'toy tools* unacceptable, 

Ed 



not quite fit. 

Now for some suggestions of my own : 
1] A transverse Rod sized hole in the 

Threaded Boss [Part 64], This would 
enable this part to be used as a substitute 
for parts 136 and 136a [Handrail Sup- 
port and Coupling] as well as for some 
uses of the Threaded Coupling, 



2] 



A Right -Angle Rod and Strip Con- 

- rather like Part 213a, but 



nector 



with its two arms rotated to form a T, 

These two arms in line would be short - 

formed on the 





ened and the 

opposite side from those on the long arm. 
This would enable one Rod to pass to the 
rear of another to form a cross. The part 
would be useful for many purposes in a 
small outfit, and a handy substitute for 
couplings, etc in a medium-sized one. 

A limited system using 9.5mm diam* 
eter Rods. These would be the same size 
as an ordinary boss and therefore com- 
patible with a number of existing parts. 
Each large Rod would be drilled, say, for 

From r watson W* at each end to take a standard Rod 

I have just received the very interesting and tapped to take a Grub Screw, The 

ME J 2 and would like to make a few shortest could be drilled right through, 

comments, 

Mr Love's article on Part 167 seems to 

explain the curious design of Part 168 

its horizontal chain drive and 73 

teeth. 1 It was apparently intended to 

mesh as a gear with a T'Sprocket. Un- 
fortunately, when there is a real load to 

shift, the poor tooth shape causes trouble. 

One must congratulate Mr Love for 

getting Meccano Ltd to make the tools 

for the more useful Large-Tooth Quad- 
rant when they could have had a supply 

of the old 167 stamped out. 

Suggestions for new parts are always 

interesting, but I doubt if extra Strips and 

Flexible Plates are of great value. Only 

rarely will compound parts be really un 

satisfactory. Fussy people can always get 

to work with a hacksaw and file, 6 IP and 

614 "Strips have already an ephemeral 

existence so could well be sold. The 

suggestion for a 12-tooth Wheel to mesh 

with the existing 48 -tooth Wheel would 

no doubt work well enough for most 

purposes but is shocking engineering! and 

should not occur in a system intended to 

be of educational value (the shafts would 



be at 85*). 

A smaller Hub Disc 







well be 



Four Rods would probably suffice, 
together with a Washer, a Collar, a Bush 
Wheel, and a 'Bearing Plate 1 . The latter 
would be a IVTstrip of 16SWG steel, 
with a lateral bulge in the middle to ac* 
commodate the 9.5mm diameter hole. 
Such a part would have other uses, eg, as 
a cage for a Ball [Part 168d], 

These heavy-huty Rods would solve 
many of the problems encountered with 
large models. 2 

I particularly endorse Mr Ashford's 
suggestion for a 2"Narrow Strip (which 
must appear soon) and the longer Pivot 
Bolts (I use a Long Threaded Pin rather 
than a Bolt as substitute at present). 

Finally, on a different subject, I en- 
close a photograph of a Primus Clock- 
Work Motor which I acquired recently (in 
pieces), Two bits are missing, but I hope 
to get substitutes and get it going again. 
The spring fits in the [red] circular box, 
and the gearing is between the nickeled 
sideplates, which are closer together than 
those of Meccano Motors. A feature of 
considerable interest is that the holes 
appear to be made to suit 5 / 3 2 " diameter 

-not8swo, A check on other 







111mm in diameter to form as 'Ring 
Frame' when using Hub Discs as races. 
Part 168a [Ball Race Flanged Disc] (per- 
haps doubled) serves most of the uses of 
a 3V& "diameter part. A Circular Strip of 
this size would, I am sure, have many 
interesting uses. 

Extra holes in the large circular parts 
would be valuable. I would put them at 
15° intervals rather than 22!4 C . 32 holes 
round the circumference of Part 167b 
would be particularly useful, not for the 
people wanting to use 32 rollers in Part 
167, but to enable one to bolt the 
relatively common 5Vi "X2V& "Flexible 
Plates around the outside, instead of the 
rarer 4J4"X214". A centre-holed 3" Strip 
is now available - part 215a from Argen* 
tina, and very useful it is. It is a little 
longer than 3" and so can be used for 



Primus parts showed that they had slight- 
ly larger holes, but rather smaller than 
Meccano holes of the same vintage. The 
presence of the appropriate size of drill 
suggested that the bosses of my Primus 
Wheels have been drilled out to Meccano 
Size, I would like to hear the comments 

of more serious collectors on this point- 3 



Yours sincerely 
R Watson 



24 South Drive 
Manchester M21 2DY 

England 



i 



This wis not Implied In Bert Love's 
article, nor does it necessarily follow. 

2 See ME 7 1978 pi 22. 

3 I have seen many Primus Flanged Wheels 

with oversized boss holes that have been fit- 
ted with a rather crude sleeve to reduce the dia- 
meter of the bore. This could have been a modi- 
fication as you suggest, but they have come 
from too many sources to have all been the 
work of a single 'mutilator*. Ed 



From Mike Pashley . 

Dear Mike, 

In answer to your request to hear from 
readers on their views re new Meccano 
parts [ME 12] as mentioned by Adrian 

Ash ford, 

Adrian mentioned a large Gear Wheel 
of about 6" diameter, I would say 4 l /£ ,f 
and SW, as in this day of super models 
of cranes and excavators, the 3% "Gear 
severely limits the scale of the model with 
regard to machinery layout. 

The Narrow Fishplate and Angle 
Bracket would definitely be useful. 

My own modification suggestion 
concerns the 20-tooth Plastic Sprocket, 
The Nut and collet means of fastening to 
a Coupling is far too bulky when used on 
metal Meccano models, so could not the 
part be made alternatively without the 
boss? Six or eight holes in the web would 
then enable the ensuing part to be bolted 
to a Bush Wheel or Gear. 
Thanking you 



M Pashley 



10 Nether Avenue 

Killamarsh 

Sheffield 
England 



PRESERVING THE CONTINUITY 

From Alan Dlmmock 

Dear Mike, 

I was very pleased to see from the October 
MMQ that you are taking on the job of 
producing the official MM. The merger of 
all three magazines into one is not unex- 
pected and I look forward very much to 
seeing the January issue in due course. 

In order to preserve continuity p I hope 
you will carry on with the Meccano Maga- 
zine numbering, ie, Vol 62 N° 1 for the 
January 1977 edition, {I think the long- 
evity of the journal is something of which 
to be proud); 1 I'm also pleased to note 
that 'Dinky Toys News' will continue to 
be included; 1 new Mogul and other Mec- 
cano products should also be mentioned I 
feel - the MMQ didn't always have space 
to include every new item (Sovereign 
Figures, for instance). From the col- 
lector's point of view, the MM has been 
of enormous benefit in helping to date 
products (as I am sure you know), but in 
recent years the coverage has not been 

complete. 3 

May I wish you every success, and 
hope that the eventual aim of a return to 
monthly publication will not take too 
long to accomplish . 
Yours sincerely, 



Alan Dimmock 



'Ravello' 
1 a Oak View 




Neath 
West Glamorgan, SA10 8LO 

England 

The new team agree wholeheartedly! 
Dinky Toys News does not appear In this 
edition, due to the lack of news! There will 

however, be at least a page In the April edition, 

3 We hope to provide complete coverage 

of ALL meccano products, as was our pol- 
icy in Meccano Engineer Ed 



1 

2 



MECCANO LOCOMOTIVE CLUB? 

From J N Broadley 

Sir, 

Ver much I am liking to read your maga- 
zine and verpleased concerning new 
editorial board and improved content, 









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10 






1977 JANUARY 







































- 















How much good is Mr R Ford's beauti 
fulBeyer-Garratt, 1 



and both the French and British editions 
of Meccano Magazine. He also collected 



I am so content that willingly will be- the publications and photocopies of the 
come nucleus of speziale Meccano Club Meccanornan's Club, and in 1972, he was 



for locomotive builders using standard 



one of the first Frenchmen to make the 



Meccano parts. Once in York MPD have I 'pilgrimage' to MW Models in Henley -on 
seeing this engine and know quite well Thames, England. 



Mr Ford's intense skill gerepresented here. 
Please all you builders of railway en- 
gines in Meccano to correspond to me 



He was interested in the adaptation to 



A CHALLENGE 

From Colin Noire 

Dear Mike & Paul t 

I would like to give some support to your 
Maltese correspondent Mr John Dimech 1 
and his suggestion that a group of photo- 
graphs of a selected model be published 



the 



Meccano 



system of motors 
electrical accessories from other 



and 
con- 



MORE ON THE GRB 

From All HIndmirift 

Dear Viewpoint, 

After reading the article 'Birth of a Turn- 
table* in ME 12, 1 feel that there are some 
points worth mentioning. 

The first time the Geared Roller Bear- 
in the Magazine, with a view to giving ing was introduced to Meccano Magazine 
other constructors, particularly the over- readers was in the issue for June 1928 on 






with at least a photograph of your model structional systems, and he communi- 
large enough to show the scale which Mr cated his findings and suggestions to his 
Ford does understand verwell clearly many friends. 



seas members of this fraternity, an op- 
portunity to have a try at recreating the 
model themselves. Mind you, the 4 to 8 

Sets that he advocates is a bit 



N!lO 



optimum, 



Compared with the Baltic tank of as the contacts 



Adrian Ashford what awful travelsty is 



his 



Raymond will long be remembered, excessive in my opinion - in point of 

fact, my major criticism of Modelplan58 




friends 



are 




amongst 
maintained. 



Automatic Elevator' is the excessive 



Schools (?) Class engine from Nummer 10 Paul Belgodere 

Instruction Book* 

Best Wishes to Meccano Magazine from 



56 Rue Monge number of Elektrikit parts, many of 
75005 Paris which, the average constructor would 



France 



J N Broadley 



Kalmoesstraat 181 

Zeivenhuizen 
Apeldoorn 
Neder lands 



i 



MMQ 13?e October pi 12 



POSSIBLE PUBLICATIONS 

From Brian Williams 

Dear Editors: 

On the heels of your success with 'The 
Life Story of Meccano', and amid rumours 
of reprints of the SMls, I'd like to sug- 
gest a publishing venture that occurred to 
me some years ago: the reprinting of just 
the Meccano items in the old MMs, This 
could be done on a chronological basis, 

I think that this would be a great 
success especially among overseas en- 
thusiasts with very limited access to 
genuine literature. Even people with a 
complete collection of MMs would 
probably like to have a 'working copy 1 of 
the Meccano items, 

Offset lithography of many copies 

be a lot cheaper and of 

higher quality than the photocopies 

and I shouldn't have 



and 






now, 



to 



mention the advantage re the price de- 
manded for original MMs today ! 

Might I suggest a chronological basis, 
20 or so pages at a time, every 2-3 
months, with people 'subscribing 1 to the 
reprints. 



Perhaps it would be worth mentioning 
the idea in the Meccano Magazine to 
gauge the response. 
Yours sincerely 

Brian Williams 80 Kennedy Street West 

Aurora 

Ontario 

Canada L4G2L5 




RAYMOND FRANCEUSE 

On p45 of last Septembers edition of Meccano 
Engineer, we had the sad task of reporting the 
death of the French enthusiast Raymond 
Franceusc. Our rather tiurredly-produced 
obituary contained little Information regarding 
Raymond's Meccano activities, and no photo- 
graph. To set the record straight* we arc In- 
debted to PAUL BELGODERE for the fol- 
lowing letter and accompanying photograph. 
I have translated Paul's letter myself, and I 
apologize for any slight Inaccuracies due to my 
rather limited French, Ed 



THE 






ALL-INONE 



From Claire Voyant 

Dear Mike & Paul. 



ANSWER? 

1976 October 3 



never use again in the quantities required 
to build this model. 

To return to the original theme how- 
ever, I would even like to suggest a title 
for such a model, ie, one described in 
photographs exclusively (unless a wiring 



page 522 in the accessory parts list. 

The other 'new* parts 168 [Ball Thrust 
Race] and 169 [Digger Bucket] were also 
listed. I wonder what visions the en- 
thusiasts of the day conjured up whilst 
waiting to see the illustrations! 

The first production Geared Roller 
Bearings were different to the later ones, 
as the Flanged Wheels had larger rims 



( '3 2") j anc ^ ^ e roller races had deeper 



dishing 




ur 




plated teeth. 



on the outside). Early 
were grey with nickel- 



Geoff Wright inherited GMM's Meccano* diagram is essential), to wit: 



man's Journal; with some misgivings I 
should imagine. Then MJ41 appeared (I 
haven't seen an MJ42) 1 , which showed a 



MECCANO CHALLENGE 
Personally, I don't think a list of parts 
would be necessary, although I would 



t 



tremendous advance in the standard of appreciate being advised if a large number 
presentation and general quality over pre- of less -frequently -used parts is essential 
vious issues. for the completion of the model. 

There are certainly plenty of good 
models, the construction of which I 
would like to attempt. In the July MMQ r 
for example, there were at least three 



Now you are producing the ME t and 



every issue is an improvement on its pre- 
decessor in nearly every respect: size, 
quality of paper, print, photos, copy, lay- 
out, editing of material sent in for, say, models that caught my eye which were 
'Viewpoint 9 (I refer to 'How to Make a on display at the Ciitheroe show, that 
Maltese Cross' June -September 1976), could be reproduced if sufficient photo* 



use of small sketches, vignettes, etc, to 
head the various items humourously 



graphs were available. 

No matter what you decide with 



and aptly, width of coverage, overseas respect to this subject, keep up your 



news 



high 



efforts, believe me, they are appreciated 

by Meccano enthusiasts throughout the 
world . 

Best wishes, 

Your's sincerely 

Colin G D Hoare 108 Devon Road 

Beaconsfield 
P Q H9W 4K8 Canada 



standard of journalism and 
writing, correct English usage, minimal 
occurrence of errors, then only small 
ones. 

I find it hard to speak too gloriously 
in praise of ME and its progress from 
Septembers 1973, and this brings me to 
my main point. 

There is now no need for prolonging 
the life of the JWJ. Its scope is more and 
more being covered by the ME and the 
later issues of MMQ. Here is an opportun- 



ity to unlumber your editorial staff of Large, but still simple Picture of 1929 Erector No, 12 Set model 

1 a. ■ m. m. ■ 



How about tackling Erie Tiylor's 
shown elsewhere In this edition? 
1 ME 12 1976 September p50 



Tri 



ctor 

Ed 



On 21st October 1940, the day that 
purchase tax came into operation, I see 
that the 167 had increased in price to 
22/6 (27/6 with PT). On January 1941 
it was further increased to 24/- (30/- 
with PT) t and on the last list I have, it 
had increased to 30/9 (37/6 with P T). 

Illustrations of the Giant Block-Set- 
ting Crane appeared on the front cover 
of the 1928 'Book of New Models' 
showing the original Roller , this was 
also illustrated in the Meccano Magazine 
during 1928, namely, on pl72 of the 
February edition; p258 of the March 
edition; p348 of the April edition; and 
on p438 of the May. 

In the 'Meccano Book of Engineering', 
there is an illustration of the Giant Block - 
Setter showing the original GRB on pi 6, 
as well as p20 f but on pl7 f the Block- 
Setter appears in a similar pose but show- 
ing the production GRB! The Giant 
Dragline is illustrated on pi 3, also show- 
ing a production GRB fitted. 
Yours sincerely, 

Alf Hindmarsh . 2 Archer Street 

off Portland Street 

Lincoln 

England 




a spread burden, to disengage your 
selves from what could almost be dupli- 
cation or repetition. 

It would not surprise me if the ME 
became the definitive, officially-recog- 
nized journal of the Meccano scene, and 

Binns Road were to hand your magazine 

the accolade of being the 'house journal'. 
I can only guess that your readership is 

world-wide, and that this is 




reflected in the number of copies printed. 

Congratulations & good wishes! 



Ian Newton 



74 Grove Hill Road 
Tunbridge Wells 

Kent 
TNI ISP, England 



1 



You ar*n*t the only one* —Ed 






SUPER SUPERMODELS 

From Or Keith Cameron 

Dear Mike: 

I could not help thinking of John Z 
Dimech 's dilemma over the dearth of 
large models 1 when I studied the instruc- 
tion manual foi a N? 12 Erector 01 1929 
vintage (loaned me by Dr Clyde Suttle). 

I enclose a copy of the Giant Double- 
Cy Under Engine in case you are not 
familiar with these rather gross models. 

The idea seems to have been simply to 
make a larger edition of one of the smal- 
ler models in the system without the 
added realism and detail that are often 






incorporated into Meccano models of 
large size, This is one of the major chal- 



lenges of 




models 



the accurate, 



Raymond Franceuse died on the 7th of knowledgeable super -detailing (not over- 



April 1976, aged 51 p weakened by an ill 
ness which made him excessively corpu- 
lent. 

Raymond was the founder, compiler 



fussy) that maJces the perfect large super 
model. 

Well, at least the young man in 
'knickerbockers' seems thrilled, but that 



and publisher of the amateur magazine was years ago - now Erector is sadly re 
Fanzines, of which he produced 96 ed- duced, and our young friend sits with his 
itions between April 1966 and March eyes glued to the 'telly 1 . 



1974. Principally , Raymond was interest 
ed in collecting and maintaining mod el - 
building information and obsolete litera- 
ture, but in recent years he also came to 
understand and love the Meccano system* 
He was a reader of Meccano Engineer, 



Warmest greetings, 
Keith 



Homeplace Clinic 

Ary 
Kentucky 41712 

USA 



1 



ME 12 1976 September pSI 





Giant Double Cylinder Engine 



11 









A PICTORIAL REPORT OF THE NORTH EASTERN MECCANO SOCIETY'S RECENT EXHIBITION OF 

MODELS IN DARLINGTON. LACK OF SPACE HAS RESTRICTED THE NUMBER OF 




At last it's all over! What a splendid 



PICTURES 



IN 



THE 



REPORT; 



Geoff Coles (see also below) showed a Fair- 



Show it Was tOO, many of the exhibitors HOWEVER, TWO MORE PHOTO- ground Roundabout in red/green, which looked 

vast distances to support the GRAPHS APPEAR IN THE 'CLUB 




NEMS in our first effort in the public 
exhibition world. There were no less than 
55 models! ranging from tiny minia- 
tures to massive mind-stretching struc- 
tures containing thousands of 
skilfully blended into a wide variety 
fine models. 

There would have been many more 
models had the North West Meccano 
Guild not had eleventh hour transport 
problems, as an 




exas 





Michael 
er apologetically told me over the 
'phone the morning after. 

The show served to put Meccano 
on the map in a hitherto untouched 
area of the British Isles, as no Mec- 
cano exhibition has been staged in 
the North East in 75 years, to my knowl- 
edge. We certainly achieved the aim to a 
degree, of letting the man in the street (or 
exhibition) know that Meccano is alive 
and kicking (or ticking) in this day and 

age. Frank Beadle (NEMS Sec) 

Bryan Reay presented a Bubble-Blowing ma- 
chine! The liquid was picked up by six arms 
which rotated very slowly and passed through 
the bath, then before a fan composed of Pro- 
peller Blades which blew the bubbles over the 
spectators. Brian also showed his French- 
Knitting Machine of freelance design, a very 
complicated mechanism the movements of 
which were in strict sequence around a Large- 
Toothed Quadrant ring. The completed knit- 
ting was dispensed below the model. Under the 
table was Brian's Racing Car Circuit, in which 
the car became a blur as it travelled at 36km/h 
on a control line on its wooden base. Still not 
satisfied, he completed his display with a neat 
Farm Tractor, incorporating 3-speed •H'-type 
gearbox, clutch, rear brakes and differential. 

Frank Beadle displayed a 1.5m«long SR 71 
'Blackbird' (Mach 3) American Aeroplane, 
raked at an impressive 45° angle in a power 
climb. The three wheels retracted, and it 
included seventy-two 2V2"aFlexible Plates. 




Geoff Coles displayed a well-proportioned 
Showman's Engine of the Foster LR Class twin 
type, complete with 2 -speed gearbox, working 

valves, and a host of 



NOTES' 




ION, 



very impressive in operation. It included eight 
horses and eight cars rotated by a planetary 
PP 29/30. motion, in unison with two other movements ► 




* 



fine 



detail. 







12 



1977 JANUARY 



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Chris Barron showed a beautiful Burref Show- 
man's Engine of the compound type, complete 
with all decorative lighting and the pulsating 
movement associated with these machines. 



Joe Etheridge had, as his main exhibit, a Tower 

Crane which almost touched the ceiling as it 

hovered above spectators. This part-freelance 
model was remote-controlled as Joe sat nearby. 



Michael Allen Filled quite a space with his 
Steam-Driven Derrick Crane in current colours. 
The boom was 1.2m long, and the model was 
powered by a Meccano Steam Engine. Michael 
also fascinated people ail day with his radio- 
controlled, battery-powered Fork Lift Truck. 







i 








Julian Col 
model of a 

'Scorpion' 

beautifully 
portioned 

model wit 




showed a 
n American 
Car. A 



electrical 
gate 

and 







— pro- 
red /green 

h working 

equipment, 
change gearbox, 

differential. 











13 





A COMMEMORATIVE ARTICLE 



DEDICATED 



TO 



THE 



LATE 



ERIC TAYLOR ■ BY BERT LOVE 



At a time when the fortunes of 
Meccano Ltd were going through a 
sticky patch some ten years ago, a 



few 



adult 



enthusiasts 



exchanged 



letters with a view to injecting some 

new interest in the hobby. After a 

nervous start, when many an adult 

was wondering if he might be 

considered either childish or senile but sturdy portafs 

for getting out his long-cherished 




ELOW: An underside view of the late Eric 
Taylor's Giant Level-Luffing Crane. Elegant 



PPO 



ABOVE: A general view of Eric Taylor's 
Heavy Duty Crawler Tractor, in which ail 



four 



r-drjven floating bogies. All move 



the Crane on four gears were reversible, the tracks were 



spring-loaded for tension, and the track 



Meccano 

Meccano 



Outfit, 
Guild 



the 



Midlands 



was 



formed 



at 



ments from the four independent motors were frames were compensated for chassis tilt 
remotely controlled via a trailing 12-core cable. by an ingenious equalizing beam mechanism. 



Stratford -On-Avon, in 1968. 



One of 




founder members of 



this 



Guild was Eric Taylor 



of 



Nuneaton in Warwickshire 



9 



and 




will never forget his breezy reply 

my invitation to attend the in- 
augural meeting: ". . . be delighted 




to attend, 



quite handy with a 



broom, putting up tables etc . . . 
VII bring a model along, but it's 



nothing 



very 



special . 



» 



Eric's 



'nothing very special' model turned 
out to be the focus of the meeting, 

giving us all a lesson in how to build 
a model along engineering lines. 



It was, of course, his well-known 




world 



wide) 



Giant 



Level 



Crane, Its general outlines 



were taken 



from 



a 



thumbnail 



picture appearing on the cover of 
an old French magazine, but its 
construction was all Eric Taylor. 

Before seeing the crane erected 
and operating, one enthusiast was 
foolish enough to remark in Eric's 



hearing 



that 



good 



supermodels 



could no longer be built because all 
the best parts were obsolete. When 



Eric put his crane through its paces 



he soundly disproved such fallacies 
with his own model, making the 
case for obsolete parts so ridiculous 



that 



the 



unfortunate enthusiast 



concerned still has a red ear to this 
day! 

Even a gentle wigging for the use 
of the occasional non-standard part 
brought a ready reply from Eric, 
who would sketch an alternative 
section of the model using only 
standard parts, and anyone with the 
patience to test this, soon found 
that he knew what he wassayin^ 

As a trained engineer, Eric could 








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14 


















. 



* 



1977 JANUARY 




there, and what is more, those who 






thought that 




knew a thing or 



two had to look to their laurels. 





had 




been 




entrenched in the notion that the 
pre-war Supermodels were the acme 
of perfection . had to revise their 

smartly. At the 
~v«xw W4 mxv, other Guild members 
showed their mettle by 
very 

underlined 



opinions 
same 



pretty 





models 




5 






system in so doing. 



versatility of the 




illusions that men 



were 



playing with childrens' toys were 
soon disoersed as the Guild in- 
broad- 
ened its range of modelling topics. 



creased 




Any enthusiast with a real eye for 
the possibilities of the Meccano 




cope 

maker's specimen off the lath 



system can see how far we have 
come just by a brief visit to Henley- 
on-Thames at Meccano Exhibition 
time, or to the country-wide exhi- 
bitions where the new traditions of 
superb Meccano modelling 



anything from a model above: a side view of Eric Taylors Heavy clearly in evidence. 

* mm » L _ r*\ iditi J^ um.Ajl au ™P u *m ml m u m. U .■*. a A m £ u m M m I I j^ ^. _ _ mm- „_ .1, ml. V 



are 



to 



Duty Crawler Tractor showing rollers, sprockets 
and tension ram in the track frame. Some 



the Control Of a Complete heavy engine details can be seen, and the position of 
earth-mOVing plant, SO When he the 9eai \ ? teerin 9' and reverse levers. Note 





up with the equally well 
known Heavy Duty Crawler Tractor 

too 



the 



swinging tow-bar pin 



and 



quadrant. 





at the next Guild meeting 

was soundly designed on engineer- 



g prmcipl 
His models 





his person 



BELOW: A partial rear section of Eric Taylor's 
Giant Lorry Mounted Crane. Main and auxiliary 
gear boxes were fitted to the chassis. The 
machinery cab had self-erecting 'A'-frames, 



philosophy Of Usefulness and captive ball race, and anti-fouling luffing ropes! 

purpose, ruggedness and reliability 

was not a man who 





he 

fools gladly 

It was a privilege for me to visit 
Eric's home, as I did quite frequent- 



Additional features included tandem 

brakes on all four wheels, twin rear differentials, 
on-beam coupled axles, and outrigger stabilizers 



picture is worth a 
I am told , so I will 
continue my tribute to Eric Taylor 
by asking readers to take a 
look at the four illustrations ac- 
companying this article. 

Eric's death is a sad loss to the 
Meccano Fraternity, but the re- 
creation of his Crane, Tractor, and 
Giant Lorry -Mounted Crane at Mec- 
cano Meetings around the world is a 



great 



tribute 



to 



his 



example 




with my camera g 



work 

every challenge of mine as to 



to put his 



record stage by stage; and 



h 



had 



used 



mechanism 




a particular 
method of construe 
was met with a precise and 
logical answer. As each model was 
stripped before the camera, a life- 




time 




was revealed in Eric 



approach to his desig 




struction 



The 



experience 



con- 
was 



something like sitting at the feet of 
Plato . 



Building 







for these 



first two models were drawn up by 
Eric and printed by the author in 
response to a wide demand, follow- 
ing the publishing of mere glimpses 

Tractor in the 



of the Crane 

Meccano 




and 



literally 



hundreds of copies of the original 

photographs were sent to Meccano 



enthusiasts in all 
globe. 




of the 



the 



The impact of Eric's models on 

was almost 



Meccano 



scene 






electric. Model-building standards 
at subsequent meetings rose rapidly 



to a very high level. Some members 



stood back in awe, almost thunder- 
struck by the precision of this new- 

but the in- 




em Meccano 

spiration for the fainthearted was 













15 




MJ Xovxmm 




him at the above address. If the 



DRAWING ATTENTION 

In 'Among The Model Builders' for 

this 'new look' MM, we have items possible to produce the 

ranging from a design for a simple drawings as a book. 

Anyone interested? 



Gears are used. A and B represent 



demand is sufficient, it may be the frame to hold the mechanism 

This may take any form the con- 



set 



of 



sliding drive mechanism, to an elec- 
tronic speed control for motors. 
First on the list this quarter, Niels SPUR 



GEAR 



DIFFERENTIAL 



Gottlob 



of 



Langs 



Hegnet 



18, 



The differential is a popular and 



Kgs, Lyngby, Denmark, has written useful subject for Meccano mechan- 

enclosing samples of his vast set of ism constructors, and has received a 

detailed, dimensioned, full-size good deal of attention in these 

columns in the past. 

John Mercer of Reading, England, 
has 



drawings of Meccano parts, 

Niels tells us that he has, over the 



past nine years or so, made over 







in a design for a heavy- 



400 drawings, and that a few are duty spur differential. He writes: 

«4-M1 A« U„ „-J~ J X_ J.T- _ .*» -J. <<AJ~J„11 1 £ 1 J.T- _i 



still to be made, due to the fact 



Modellers may have found that 



that he has not yet handled the the differentials normally used with 
original parts. The old Disc Weights Meccano models either involve the 



and Dynometers, Collecting Shoe 



use 



of 




Gears or Contrate 



[Part 



149], 



Shafting Standards, Gears. Experience has taught me 



and several Lighting and Mechan- that Contrate Gears are apt to slip 



ised 




parts are among 




and become distorted very easily; 
they tend to wear the Pinions 



* 



drawings yet to come. 

All the newer Clock Kit, Elektri- rather quickly. In real engineering; 

kit and Multikit parts are included, the practice of using Contrate Gears 

but Niels does not plan to draw * s never seen, and for this reason 

Motor Car Constructor, Aeroplane, we often use Bevel Gears in dif- 



> 





Kemex, ferentials. However, I find 
except after I have built most of the model 



Elektron, Dinky 

or Plastic Meccano 

insofar as they are used in con- and I come to build a differential 

junction with ordinary Meccano have no Bevel Gears left. To buy 




parts. 



Thus, 



parts 



such 



as 



the 



more is, as we are all aware, quite 



Aeroplane Collar and Pivot Bolt, expensive, so I have designed a dif- 



Motor Car Constructor Collar (with ferential usin 



> 



cone), plastic parts from Multikits 
etc, have been included 



The drawings are very fine in- 




only 




Gears. 



it 



This has the advantage that 




can be built with more common 



Meccano 



deed, and I am reproducing one more 





that 




can be 



made than can the 



here (reduced in size — the originals Contrate-style differential. It can 
are 140X 200mm), and Neils asks also handle heavier loads without 



read ers 




they 



would 




to 



distortion of the frame, which is 



acquire a complete set of (very what always seems to happen to 
good-quality) photocopies of his mechanism N? 20 from the Mec- 



drawings. 

Those interested should contact 



cano Mechanisms Set. 



a 



The diagram shows how the 








: One of Niels 
Gottlob 's drawings of 
Meccano parts 
first item above. 




The Spur 
Differential 



BELOW: 

Gear 

described on this page 



27a 



tfMCo 



::,.: 



Mf 



■: ■;■ ■ ■ ■ 



structor wishes 



? 



and 



can 



be 



as 



strong as necessary, as it does not 



rotate as do the main -frames 
other differentials. 



of 



a 



Once the frame has been con- 



Collar 



and a 



structed, put one 

Washer onto a 3V6"Rod, pass this 



throu 





the frame and 





on 



three Washers, followed by a Gear 
Wheel [27a, 27b, or 27c— depend- 
ing on the speed of rotation requir- 
ed for the rear axle] . This Gear is 
free on the Rod. After this, put 



U" 




Pinion on 



another Washer and a 
the Rod. 

" Repeat this procedure at the 
other side of the frame, but using 
an 8-Hole Bush Wheel instead of 
the large Gear. Once this has been 
set up, take two 3 "Rods, each hold- 
ing three Collars, four Washers, a 



V2 "Pinion, and a l"Gear Wheel, as 



shown in the diagram. This should 
turn freely. Repeat the procedure 
in the other direction with the 
other Rod . 

"The Rods are mounted in op- 
posite holes of the Gear and Bush 
Wheel . 

"AH Gears are fixed on the Rods. 



except 27a 




or 




and the Bush 



Wheel. The drive is taken to the 
Gear just mentioned via a Worm or 



The 



differential is 



now 



Pinion, 
useable. 

"If you find that the system is 
not rigid enough, it is easy to 
double the Bush Wheel and the 



large Gear so that the 3 "Rods have 



more positive support, but 




will 



leave it to the modeller to adapt 

the idea as necessary." 



SLIDING DRIVE MECHANISM 

Mike Coterill of Skegness, has writ- 
ten briefly with details of a mech- 
anism that he has designed to trans- 
fer a drive to a sliding shaft in line 



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16 






- 



1977 JANUARY 



with the driving shaft. 

He says: "This is often done with 

on two ordinary Bush will be needed "to deal with the 





two 

Wheels. This gives problems if 

any shafts are bent. 

the pins are not exactly par 
allel. 



'It is conceded that the drive 
be slightly cyclic, and a 'jocky' 



affirm that 




is a good match for 







either Bush Wheel does not 
run true, under which circum- 
stances, the sliding shaft is often 



unable to slide fully. 

"One disadvantage of the alterna- 
tive design shown in the diagram is 
that some slack is 



however, 
shafts have 
precisely/ 1 



only 





important 



this is, 

the 




reverse frequently or 



SIDERIAL TIME MECHANISM 



Think of Meccano 



cks, and the 



chances are that the name of Pat 



Brigg 




of Wollaton, England will 
to mind. Always a cornu- 



copia 

their 



of 



Meccano clock 



mechanisms 



Pat 



can 



and 

be 



relied upon at all times to come 
up with something new. 

of a 

Mechanism. 



Pat has sent us the details 



Siderial 



(St 



Time) 



which contains the means of build- 
ing up sprocket wheels to your own 
specification. He writes: 

A simple means of obtaining 

or star) time is achieved 

peeding up mean solar time by 




th 



ratio 



3 6 6 



3 6 5, 



this will 




accurate to within 57 second 



year. 

"3 6 6 



per 



/)65 will factorize to give 



the simple gear train 6 » / 7 3 X * o / 

and 50-tooth, 60-tooth, and 73- 

tooth are all available in the system 
(the latter will be recognized as the 

of the Ball Thrust 




Toothed 

Race [Part 168]. But how d 

get 61 teeth? 



we 



This problem can 




solved 




varying Chain slack . 



» 



BATTERY 



BOX 



VOLTAGES 



some yellow parts, but slightly too 
light for others, due to the vari- 
ations of hue between paint runs at 

the Factory. 

For more information on paints 



Mrs (Granny) Bakker of Holland, . . u . ,, ,- 

has written concerning the internal ,?5 Jf^^Pi M ^ cc ^° P^s, see: 



connexions of the (original 12/4.5v) 
Meccano Battery Box. She writes: 



Happy circumstances mad 



me 



the owner 




a voltmeter, and at 



that moment I remember some 



JME5 1974 September, and ME9 

1975 September. 

ELECTRONIC MOTOR CONTROL 

Ary 




Keith W Camero 



of 



thing that had been 'Rounded-Up' he has just built 



USA, writes to say that 



in 



JMEb 



of 



December 



1974 



regarding the possibilities of the 
Battery Box contained in the out- 
fit of many a one. 

my surprise, the Battery 



tro _. 
model 



gadget 





simple elec 



to 



most 



«c 



To 



possibly 
not so well-known to Meccanomen, 
to whom it may be of use. The de- 
vice is a motor speed control with 




gave 4,5v reverse in th 





itio 



t 



and not in th 





where 




got no current 



po 
pos 



built 



starting, coasting 



braking effects, all automat 



and 
and 



a 



'stop position*. 

Playing with my voltmeter 
concluded that the scheme of the 
Box could be : 



three 



ily built from two transistors 



resistors, a potentiometer 



I 



and a capacitor 

The device uses a resistance— 



A 



B 




capacitor 
applied to 



time 
the 



delay 



which 



is 



base of a 




general-purpose transistor, coupled 
to an output power transistor in 

cascade. 

Those who use this unit to con- 
trol trains and the like will have no 



Then 





the other two 




(left under and right up) 




roblem fiddling 




the control 



nob on hills either up or down 



Switches: 











12v 
9v 

4.5v reverse 
no current. 



and* on 
the 




ine 



off the 'throttle 
me to a 



y 





gradual halt, for all the world as 
it were 'free-wheeling'. The basic 



ircuit can be 




Using the upper so 

Switches: -* -+ 






lece 



OmmX 25mm 



on a small 



perforated circuit board 



th 



heat sink for 



«- 







-<- 



12v 

9v 

4.5v reverse 
no current 



the power transistor can be mount 



ed on one flang 




Flanged 



Plat 



with 



a 8%"X2V4" 

the control 



Using the lower sockets: 



mounted in a small piece of formica 
on the other flange. 

The circuit diagram is as shown. 



Switches 









•*- 




12v 
9v 
4.5v reverse 
no current. 



The 



power 



transisto 



must 



be 



mounted 



on 



heat sink. Keith 



COMPONENTS REQ 



CI 

C2 



yf 25v electrolytic 



U* 



It's true: with Meccano, everything di-»D4 silicon rectifiers 
is possible! " K * ri " **«««** 

YELLOW PAINT 

Michael Edwards 



can be full 



Of 



Watford 



F 

Ql 



bridge rectifier. 

Vi-amp 



p-n-p Transistor, small signal, 2N137D 



England, has written to tell us of 



Q 



paint suitable for retouchin 

part 




Mec- 
The 



building up a wheel-plate on which cano yellow-painted 

are bolted six 3 4 "Sprocket Wheels. pa ^ 1S Hl ™brol MC2 - Yellow 



A loop of Chain with 61 link 




used to 

correct distance 
ition to ensure 
the Chain. 



is 



Fairings, and should be available 



the Sprockets at the fro ™ any good model shop 




radial pos- 

smooth mesh with 



The paint is a matt finish, and as 



Rl 

R2 

R3 

R4 

SI 

S2 



or equivalent, 
p-n-p power 

equivalent. 
1000ft 1W 
33K Resistor. 
100ft Resistoi 

IK Resistor. 
On /off Switch 
SPST (Single 




200, or 



Linear potentiometer 



such , 

varnish 



ill need a subsequent coat of 



S3 



/release 



single throw) press 



D 



At intermediate positio 



tween th 
Threaded Pins or 




Michael enclosed 



Sprockets are positioned 

Bolts, so that 



paint with h 



letter 



sample of the 



X 



and I can 



PDT (Double pole - double throw) 
reversing switch. 

Insert a high-current automobile bulb 
here, and you have a short-circuit-oroof 



overload protection device 



l/," 




re- 



the made-up unit has a near-circular 
form. The Chain loop is then 
moved, leaving us with an effective 
61-tooth sprocket, 

"In this way, wheels can be built 
up with tooth numbers over a wide 
range* 




S2 



< 

4 — 




01, D2, D3. 04, 



RIGHT: Dr 

Cameron's 



Keith W 

electronic 
motor-control circuit. 




Output 



17 




mounted two 



one n-p 



and the 



Brian ends his letter by corn- 



other p-n-p, insulated from the sink, menting on Clock Kit Pendulum 

but with heat sink compound ad- Rods [Part 252] : 

ded. In this way, he has two circuits, 'These are very expensive to buy, 

and the ability to use them back-to- but they have some good construct- 
back for easy reversing 



Closing 



S2 



defeats the 



free 



ional points in their favour. They 
are extremely light, and are in 



wheel* effect and has the effect of variably true and straight. They also 
an emergency brake. The circuit polish-up well, and look good in 
will not give accurate 'spot control' bracing and cross-ties. 



for cranes and similar models, but 



for o 

other 
triguing 



We look forward to hearing the 



perating Meccano locos and results of Brian's labours 
moving vehicles, it has in- 




23 



A 



CURE 



FOR 



BENT RODS, 



STEERING WHEEL WH 




8c 



SHOWMAN'S ENGINE DYNAMO 



Next this 




Brian Rowe of 



38. 38. 37 



Newton Abbot, England, has writ- 
ten on several Meccano subjects. He 

writes : 





managed to get round 
some of the problems of bent Axles 
(only those over 3V2" in length). 
The necessary requirements are a 




38, 38, 38. 37a 




5*4"X 2 1 / 2 " 



Flanged 



small hammer. 




Plate 



and 



a 



ROLLER BEARINGS AND CAMS 



tc 



Now, 



For the shorter lengths, place Pierre Couroble 



a number of items from 



of 



the Axles in the 2V2" width of the 
upturned Flanged Plate and rotate 



France . 



Tourcoing, 



First, a design for a roller bearing 
with the fingers. You will soon that utilizes Hub Discs and V2 "Tyres. 



notice where the bows 




bends 



The Hub Discs act as the roller 



are, and a few light taps with the ra ces; no Bolts should be passed 



hammer will straighten them. Use through the flanges or the circum- 
the hammer on the 'high' parts, and ference. 



do it carefully. 

*<o;«»m 1-. 



be 



Similarly, the longer Rods can 



The roller ring is built up from 




in the 



5*4" 



2 




flanges and treated in the same 
way. Where the ends of the Axles 
are contorted, it is a better idea to 
place each offending Rod on a flat 



four 
89a], 




Curved Strips [Part 
Narrow Strips, and a 



compound strip made up of one 
IV2", and two 2"Strips. Eight W 
Angle Brackets, bolted alternately 
by their round and elongated holes, 



piece of metal, rotate, and gently hold the Pivot Bolts on which the 



tap the ends of the Rod." 

On Steering Wheels [Parts 185 & 
185a] : 

By bending up the tabs on the 



rollers are mounted. These rollers 

are W loose Pulleys fitted with W 9 

Tyres [Part 452 or equivalent] . 



coverplates and removing the covers, Pierre 



you have the means 
8-spoked front wheel 





sent designs for a 
for large cranes, and 



small f or various built-up cams. All are 



an 



hollow 




Engine. Use two wheels reproduced here. 



butted together with the spokes 
offset. This is a good scale for the 
use of Spoked Wheels 
rear wheels (again, 





19a] as 
butted to- 
gether with spokes offset). 

"A rubber tread enhances the 
effect, and is easily fitted over the 



TOP CENTRE: 

Pierre Couroble *s Roller 
Bearing design. 






(69*1 




twin 



rims. The 




Wheel 



gives a 6-spoke layout as above, but 
rear wheels are difficult to fit to 



1 



this 



scale 




j) 



Curved 



Strips 



are 



about the nearest for rear wheels). 

I am in the process of designing 

's Engine dynamo, built 



TOP RIGHT: Pierre's 
Hollow Spindle for 

large crane models. 




a 

around 



the 



new Meccano 



4.5v 



Crane Motor (as suggested on 




of ME 12), and it is hoped that this 
will provide the power for the 
engine (with Hub Disc rear wheels) 
as a whole. The 2 "Strip with centre 
hole will be most 
respect, as I intend 



147c 




(Obiolcte) 



24 or 24 ■ 




m 




use Boiler 
Ends as a basic scale. More details 
will follow later." 



RIGHT: Pierre's Cams. 



4 







1 : ROTATING SUPERSTRUCTURE 



2:SPINDLE 



111a 




20 



MECCANO CAMS 




147c 




147c 



24 or 24i 



2 



3 



147c 




37 With 
X561 




Below: *t ibovt bt(wt*n 2X20 
gim inoihtr variation. 






5 



6 





18 







• 



- 



1977 




<t 



Construction is shown in the tion-Change Mechanism 



In 



the 



accompanying diagram. 



a 




A loose Contrate has 
Piece 



Right -Angle 






meantime the Meccano Advertise- 
when the railway runs 
bell is rung loudly by 




Strip Con- 



ment 

to the left _ 

two hammers 



nectors. The inner ends of the Bolts 

and even the Nuts 
which join 

Piece 





Connectors 

to 






a 



Andreas is the contributor of the 
article 'Design for Joy' in this issue. 

A PRACTICAL WEAVING LOOM 



central Collar. This Collar has a 



Richard Callagh 



of 



Cheshire 



7 /« 4 "Grub 



Screw 



and 



any 



shoulders to the tapped holes must 
be filed down. 



t 



'The side Strips are doubled to seen from the 



England, has sent us some (colour) 
photographs of his loom. He uses 
the (hand) loom to weave scarves 
and other useful items, as 





assist oil retention. One Double 



Meccano parts 




be 

Although 

rdle in 



Angle Strip has a Wheel Disc or this model, Richard has also mad 



Strip bolted to it for the same pur 




use 




non-Meccano 



pose. 
"The 



side 




are not in con- 



items 



tact with the bosses of the Con- 
trates. They may need bending out 
slightly, or Washers out under their 




s according to the sizes of the 
Double Angle Strips and the bosses 
of the Contrates, 



a 



The in 






shafts 



LOW-FRICTION DIFFERENTIAL 

This, the second differential design 



this 



quarter, comes from 



Alan 



carry Pinions (not Bevels or Con- 
trates) so there is no lengthwise 
tooth pressure on them. Their pos- 



Partridge 



of 



Sutton 




Coldfield, itions, and that of the cage, need to 

be stabilized by Washers, which are 



differential mechanism as 

made", writes Alan, * 



can 



e a source of a considerable power 
loss. As used in an automobile, 
there is not much of a problem, be- 
cause most of the time the two 
half -shafts rotate together, and even 



not shown. 

"Each Contrate rotates on pivots 
which are as far a 





as possible. 
The loose Contrate has the Large 
Fork Piece to extend its support. 
The other Contrate is fast on the 
transverse shaft which is pivoted 




when the vehicle is going round a the two sides of the cage. 

gentle curve, the movement of the 
Bevels in the cage is much less than 



"Tooth 




is all taken at a 



sin 





point, between 



the movement of the cage itself. 



Fork Piece and the 




Large 
Collar 



"However, when the differential which is fast on the transverse shaft, 

7 



is used in combining or adjusting ar- with Washers between. The trans- 

in the cage. Pres- 

at 



rangements, with the Bevels moving verse shaft is 




continually 



power 



loss 



can 



be 



sure is automatically 




serious. Tooth pressure forces all all four points of contact between 





out 




the 




the two 







and the two Pin- 




causing increased friction at 

If, as is common in Meccano, 




ions. The central Collar, or the fast 

can be set at exactly the 

ood 





> 



the mechanism is made of two Con- position needed to produce 
trates and two Pinions, tooth pres- tooth contact and free running. 
sure still 




we here make a plea for readers 
to send black-and-white photographs for 
reproduction in 



the 



magazine. 



Our 




a 



number of colour pages being severely 
to force the Con- MECCANO RAILWAY ADVERT limited at this point due to the sheer ex- 

From Andreas Konkoly of Buda- pense of the process, we have no choice 

Moreover, if the Pinions are on pest, Hungary, here is a picture of but to print photographs in black-and- 

Meccano Advertising Railway white. Colour originals are very difficult 



trates apart. 




the half -shafts and the Contrates on 

Pivot Bolts in the cage, the teeth (Special Model N° 12). 




to reproduce well in monochrome (and 



the area of 





The model runs 






says 





impossible 



any minor error in construction of "from left to right and vice-versa, colour, unless the 




Contrates or the cage may controlled by an Automatic Direc- professional quality 

a tendency for a Contrate 
,pro 




uce well in 

the highest 






friction. 



a 



A further problem is that 




may be difficult to get the Bevels or 
Contrates fullv meshed but not 
binding. 

cano standard ones may be needed. 

As the writer is making an 







a 



advanced Orrery (for which Model- 
plan 59 was merely a design exer- 
cise!) containing about 20 differ- 
entials, an early move was to design 
a 



layout 



RIGHT: 



Andreas 



in Which power losses are Konkoly 's advertising 



reduced as far as possible. 



railway 



modef. 




19 





CONTINUED FROM 
MECCANO ENGINEER 





'Super Universal Design Maker* was developed from the first Meccanograph to break with traditl 



on 



Two patterns illustrating the work of the S U D M 




STORY 



OF 



KONKOLY'S 



DESIGNING MACHINES AND 
MOST AMAZING PATTERNS 



The model is truly a family toy, 

create 



The 




Meccano 
1965 featured 




OF THEM 



PART 2 



for 
Super 



and with the sudm you can 

enchanting designs that also have Universal Design Maker model, and 

"Magnificent 



UNIVERSAL AND SUPER UNI- 



adult appeal for the technical ex- 
pert and engineer. 



VERSAL 

The 



DESIGN 



The mechanisms of the 



'Spanner' called 
Meccanograph" 




a 



UDM 



MAKERS mark a turning 



By simplifying the design of the 





a revo- sudm and using fewer 




Meccanograph to break lution in the history of Meccano- create a 






> 



we can 



with the traditional 'long arms' and 
* trembled' circular patterns system 
was the simple Universal Design 
Maker. The machine 
elliptical patterns, 

- sided samples as well. Later 



graph 





th 

parts 



It is true that the 




of 



that can draw 
traditional' samples and enchantin_ 
modern designs, as well as longitud- 




shafts in the holes of Meccano inal patterns. The simplified machine 




th 



possibilities 




is called : 




in 



mplicating the model by building 



more 



gears 



to 



increase 



th 




4 ed this model and re-named variations of the patterns, but on 

it the Super Universal Design Maker, the other hand, the wobbling tends 

being the most creative drawing to render the patterns more beauti- 

Meccano construction. Millions of ful and interestin 



THE ALL KNOWS DESIGNING 
MACHINE 









different 




designs can be 



The 



made with the greatest ease on this makes not 
machine. It appeals to a wide age- 



Sup 




Universal machine 
circular, but also 2. 



which makes circular 
12, and 16 - way drawings, and as a 
relaxation, I made an excursion in- 
to the world of traditional Meccano- 
graphs, simplified and developed 




_ 3, 4, . 

range, and both boys and girls can patterns 



6, 7, 8, 10, and 14 -sided 



the principle 



» 








the: 



create original designs. 



which 




exceptional 



beauty 



L-FORM MECCANOGRAPH 






can not believe are 



The model is a representative mem- 
ber of the populous Meccanograph 



The model provides a sense of ac- made from one single line. Towards 

complishment, and there is food in the insides and outsides of patterns, family. It makes circular 15, 20 30 

plenty for the little artist! Although the line becomes unprecedented ly 60, 120, 180, and 240 - way very 

it is simple to operate, the drawings complex, and in each drawing, the variegated traditional Meccanograph 

that it Droduces are very intricate, single line can ne 30 to 40 metres samples and longitudinal designs. 





are ideal for colouring. 



long! 



The machine, which really is 'L'- 



20 



* 



i 




































• 



* 






1977 








AkL,KN0YV5 



MECCANO 



ABOVE: patterns drawn by the 'L'-Form Meccanograph, a simpliffed and developed 



Meccanograph 



of 



the 



traditional pattern 



shaped, has new mechanisms which 

are Visible during Operation. It Works RIGHT: Patterns from the 'All-Knows' machine 



with incredible accuracy and pro- 
duces many enchanting forms. 




The 



Mr Oveges, the most famous pro- working 




ph 



was shown 



fessor of physics in 





ary, has 



stand at th 



Meccano 





Fair at Budapest in 1970, and at 



delivered more than two hundred Girls' Exhibition 




sics lectures (with 






young persons, 



and 



to 
I was very 




Londo 
1967. 



En 





Mail Boys' and 



at Olympia in 
during January 



mine the Invention Exhibition in Brussels 



1971, where it won a gold medal 




glad when I was asked to partici- 



Although M 



Ltd 








pate eight times. During the pro- informed me officially, some friends 
grammes, I introduced the Univer- of mine wrote to me to say that in 



sal Design Maker, the Carpetdesign recent years 



in 




Maker, Maltese Cross 




shown some designing m 



black 
Ltd have coloured. 



The Minigraph toy is currently 

tracer in the world, 
simple structure, it 

very nice 

ease 
multi- 



the 

and 

can produce 

circular patterns with 







in 



lour 



or 



The Weather Prophet, A Lunar Craft mine at toy fairs in Milan 




of 



Vehicle, The Walking 




freelance Meccano models that 



[all and at Nuremburg in Germany 



Italy 



» 




have 



designed], together 



with 



MINIGRAPH TOY 



It is suitable for the composition 
of illustrations for picture books, 
toy cards, patterns for the furniture 



in the 




room, for covers 



Meccano Magazines, At the same 



time, 



I 



demonstrated 



some 



It was an old dream of mine to in- 

a small, but high-capacity 




curtains, for dress materials, 





handkerchiefs 



American 








sical 




designing machine having a very 



belts, 



> 



billfolds 



beach dresses, 



> 



purses, 




a 



that 



included Moire patterns and' simple mechanism. Finally 
wonderful Perpetuum Mobile veloped the Minigraph 



* 




de- 






spun 



seemingly 







with 
four gears! The model was 




sandals, balls, inflatable rubber toys 

animal figures, ribbons 




laces in one or many colours. 




energy 



whilst I talked for fifteen buildable 




Meccano parts, so 




minutes. It was 



the 




from 




driven by had a plastic prototype made which 



lights! 



was 




at the International 



In the next part of this series, I shall introduce 
to you: The MECCANO VARIOGRAPH, The 
SUPER VARIOGRAPH, and the PINE-NEEDLE 
VARIO TOY DESIGNING MACHINE. 



SPIRALOGRAPH 



"More 
fascinatin 




a 





to 
to 




> 



Meccanograph, 
and even more 



perate, the Meccano 
Spiralograph' produces complex 

order. You can 

a var- 




iety 



of 




different desig 




4 Spanner' in the Meccano Magazine 
for January 1967. 

Spiralograph is very similar to a 
Meccanograph, except that, instead 

egular patterns which 




of 

end at their starting point, it draws 

pattern that gradually spirals into 



the centre, This is a complete de 

from the normal run of 

5 in some very 




things, and result 



interesting 



and 



al desig 



Any number of different designs 



can be produced, although it tak__ 
a bit of practice to obtain the best 

combinations. 




The author (right) with Professor Josef Oveges in the Budapest television studios in T965 















21 



SQRmmm 







High po wer 

Drive. 

Ackermann 
Steering Gear. 

Internal- 
Expand ing 

Brakes. 

Solid Die -cast 

Wheels fitted 

with rubber 






ty res . 

Chromium- 
plated lamps, 

radiator & 
bumper. 




t 



4 









AN 



EXPERIENCE 
















Fig. 1. A striking example of a light sports two-seater built with the 
Meccano Motor Car Constructor. The bodywork, wings, wheels and 
seat arc finished in brilliant coloured enamel, while the radiator, 
lamps, bumper, brake lever, and other parts arc chromium-plated. 



The emphasis on the singular in the 
title of this article is intentional, 
is to distinguish the original Mec- 




cano Motor Car Constructor Outfit 

introduced to the market in 1932, page 149 of Meccano Magazine for 





a van 




of different- 



There were no alternative Car Con- February 1934 as part N9 A1100, style cars could be built. To provide 



structor Sets in the Meccano range price 6d 



in 




year 



these came later. 



An 




The illustration at the top of 776 and 777 of the Meccano Maga- 



scope for variations, two types of 
article on pages radiator shell, two tail sections of 

V mr » _ _ ■* 







form, and 




page 23 shows an original 1932 zine for October 1932 (from which both the cycle type 

car. together with the first Instruc- the motor car pictures in this article running-board variety, were includ" 

tion Leaflet for it on the left, and are reproduced) makes the first ed. The instruction sheet for the set 



the advertisement page inside-back- announcement 



of 



these newly- illustrated only four basic models, 



cover of the Meccano Magazine of marketed outfits under the title: these were 



October 1932, on the right. The 'Building Your Own Motor Cars! 



Ml 




Model N9 



only 



incongruous feature in 




The New Meccano Constructional N9 M 2 



Sports Tourer (Fig.2), Model 



picture is the driver. He did not Outfit'. 



Light 




Speed 
Light 



belong to this car 




> 



no provision 



This outfit, which came packed 



Machine, Model 

Sports Two-Seater (Fig.l), Model 






being made for him, as he was not in the usual exciting Meccano box N9M 4 — Grand Prix Special (Fig.3). 
introduced until more than a year 



in this case blue — contained 176 



later 



y 



when he was described on 



Special features claimed in the 






items from 61 separate listed parts, advertisement page for the Meccano 



22 



1977 JANUARY 










and to go back to sleep. No orders 
were more futile. 



no 




more 



deaf 




wasted no time in getting to 
grips with the blue string, and very 
soon had the parts out of the box, 
on to the eiderdown, and under 
assembly. This operation absorbed 

completely in silent concen- 

'father Christmas 




until 



> 



Motor Car Constructor Models in- half the 




eluded 




High-Power Drive, 



givin 





made another appearance at around 
half past eight to announce that it 
was time to get up. By then I was 
proudly able to show him one 

car almost complete. Later 
day, the model was shown 
admired by, grandparents 
other relatives in the usual way 
of these things. 

As a young boy, I was particular- 
fortunate with everything to do 





,5m run on one winding; Acker- 



a 



mann Steerin 




Gear 




size of the standard 

Nut and Bolt, but only with Meccano and Hornby products, 
of the handling volume. My grandfather was a 




* 



Internal-ex- This means that they are four times ary of Frank Hornby. The one had 



panding Rear Wheel Brakes; Solid more fiddling than the Nut 




his 




in 



Die-cast Wheels fitted 





Manchester, 



the 



Tyres; and Chromium-plated Lamps, very familiar Meccano Sets, 



Bolt supplied with the ordinary and other in Liverpool. Grandfather had 



contact with Manchester and Liver 



Radiator 



and 



Bumper. Colour 



Another 



choice was limited to Red, Blue, or the form 



Green 
Cream 



for 



the 



for 



body 




difference is pool stores where Frank Hornby 



These are was trying 




the 



pressings, very complete units with holes only 



Made 



mudguards, where 



they 




are 



intended to be the beginning 




his 'Mechanics 

at 
He 



Meccano 
century 



Vermillion or Blue for the wheel bolted to the adjoining components, also had four sons, my father being 



discs; and the price for all this was The main body shapes are pressed 




25/- 



youngest, and was 




on 



sets 



Only these first-year 





from 0.432mm steel -much thinner the lookout for things to keep his 
than Meccano Strips and Plates, boys occupied and out of mischief. 



five die-cast wheels Their strength is derived from the 



Meccano 



and rubber tyres, the fifth wheel carefully designed shapes. 



there was 



was an early solution, and 



and tyre was replaced a little more 
than a year later 



plenty 




a 



-cover 



steel imitation 

N9 A 1060 
nounced on page 149 of 




price 




It will be seen from the open box Edwardian household 




in 




all four 



set at the top of page 22, that the 



sons 



laid 




components seem to be few in shilling in 1914. 



aside for the 




number, and arranged in a manner 



That war 




cano Magazine for February 1934. construction. In 



suggesting one of the models for married. When 




All outfits marketed 




this item two radiators su 



were designated *N9 2 Motor Car fitted 



to 



the 




bonnet 



, and my father 
appeared later, 
one of the he found an excuse for re-awaken- 
is actually ing his interest in Meccano. His 



section, choice 




Constructor'. 



wife was also fortunate 



These Car Constructor Outfits sion which I got when I opened my 



This was the picture and impres- for me, because this union provided 



me 



with 



an 



uncle 



who 



were markedly different from any- present 



also 



m 



the 



early 



hours 



of 



thing that Meccano had offered Christmas morning 1932, and first 



before 



including 



the 



bolt-to- 



[ continued on page 26 



set eyes on a Meccano Motor Car 



gether Hornby engines and wagons Constructor Outfit, The very fine 



of the 1920s. One of the main sight must have 




quite a 



differences was the size and type of lot of noise, for it brought 'father 



nut and bolt employed. These were Christmas' from an adjoining room 
6BA, and the nuts were hexagonal, with orders to stop waking the 
For the non-technical, 6BA is about household at five in the morning. 



CENTRE-PAGE SPREAD OVERLEAF: 

Examples of Meccano Motor Car* from Eric 
Morgan's remarkable collection, showing some 
of the permutations of colours and body styles 
that were possible using Outfits 1 and 2. Note 
the box lid designed for the Italian market, the 
original wooden display stand for the No 2 Car, 
the optional lighting set, the •K'-Type Oilcan by 
the Instrument Board, the rare No 3 Car sitting 
on its original box, with the price ticket still In 
place, and the very purposeful-looking, short- 
chassis Sports Car, built from a No 2 set and 
using the non-standard yellow body panels. (A 
few of the Cars shown here have been repainted). 



PHOTO 



by 
TIN 



ROB INGLIS from 'THE ART OF 

TOY* — 



published 



NEW 



CAVENDISH BOOKS —see review on page 39. 




^^™ 










Collection, Eric Morgan 




Photo, Rob Inglis 







Taken from TH 




T OF THE TIN TOY published by New Cavendish Books 




SS£SmSSM 



The most attractive toy 
produced 




A splendid model of a road racing car. The m 
full lighting equipment; mudguards, and spare tyre, 

these are usually fitted to an actual road racer* 



del 
as 



The Meccano 
casting around 



of Directors 

new 
lines to add to their range would be 
happened to be a keen Meccano of page 23, and in colour on the bound to notice the many other 
enthusiast from Edwardian times, cover of this magazine, sporting a motor car construction sets already 



lent 



for 



the 



on the market in the UK and 



and was then an engineer. Between windscreen kindly 

the two of them I enjoyed the photographs by fellow enthusiast abroad. Not a few of these had 



benefits of getting Meccano and 



Jim 



Gamble 



of 





hot off the pres- England 



Nottingham, been in existence for some years. 



ses as soon as they were announced 






One was the Structo Auto- 




er. 



Somehow though, I always had esting 



Re-assembly was the most inter- 





examples of this were adver- 



lon 



Christmas 1932 tised on page 789 of the Meccano 



the feeling that these new presents all over again, but with a difference. Magazine 



for 



December 



1926. 



were commg to me 'second-hand'; No longer the nine-years-old boy These were: N9 12 De Luxe Motor 
and that the real reason for buying tackling the job with the glee of Car, N9 8 Racing Car, and N9 14 
them was to satisfy the long-stand- Christmas, but the long-time engin- Giant Tip Lorry, but they were not 



ing old 'Meccano Boy's' enthusiasm, eer scrutinizing every component cheap. Priced at 52/6 for N9s 12 



and 




some of the magic of 



and 



past days. Perhaps this is why I got wondering 



operation critically, 



and 



what 



had 



my Meccano Car Constructor. 



prompted 



and 14, and 28/6 for N98. 

An even more sophisticated car 



Another war 



> 



a 



precision 



en em eer in 





career 
travel 



in 




placement and business, have all duction of a motor car constructor 



Frank Hornby and his Board of constructor was produced in 1929 
Directors, sometime in 1930 (or by the Citroen Car Company of 
maybe 1929) to decide upon pro- France. This — 'Les Jouets Citroen 



Chassis C6 Demontable' 



served to separate me from most of outfit; what 



persuaded 



Meccano 



early Meccano and Hornby, Ltd to abandon, in this case, the a box reminiscent of the 



my 

but not from the 

appreciation, which 



-Le 

came complete and strung down in 

later 



interest 



and 



nut and bolt that had been standard 



Meccano 



Car 



have 



Constructors. 




grown 




with the years, as has my collection, years! 



hout for the previous thirty product probably played a 




Two or three years ago, another 



With 



experience 



of 



original 1932 Meccano Car Con- development, co 



product 





? 



structor came my way, this time marketing 



to 



draw 



tooling, and 



part than any other in showing the 
possibilities. 

The Citroen C6 Chassis builds 



upon; what up into a car almost a third larger 



ready -assembled, but in need of decision would I have reached sit- at 413mm overall than the Meccano 



some slight restoration. It was the 




ting 



at 



that 



boardroom 



table 





Car's 330mm. An interesting point 



e I had handled one of listening to the points of discussion in the Citroen is that the nuts and 
these cars in more than thirty-six on this project all those years ago? bolts are of hexagon form, but not 



years 



and 




approached the task 




this went through my mind as so neat as the special 6BA chosen 



with great care and boundless en- re-assembly of the car progressed, by Meccano 



thusiasm. This car is red and cream, 
my early one was blue and cream. 




fine precision-engineered 

meant for young 




Each nut and bolt was removed boys to assemble? One thing is sure, 



Although Frank Hornby did not 
give his car all the fiddly details 

available 



on 



the 



Citroen, 



he 



with something akin to a scientific I certainly made a quicker job of it managed a lot of the essential 



investigation. 




Every 



part 




the first time than 




was 




examined for condition, identified, now, but now I was analyzing every 





in order of decree of 




restoration needed. All the parts 



step. 



features and embodied them in a 

of greater refinement and 
flexibility than the French, and 




were there save two 



It may be that the answers to all all important — offered it at a price 



the wind- these many questions lay elsewhere 



well 



below 



his 



screen, and the split-pin from the Frank Hornby was a man always 




ors 



Ackermann steering gear 

will leave aside the details of 




enabled more 




s 



He 
to 




keenly looking out for new ideas enjoy his products, and at a level of 



and products. It did not necessarily quality that would last for years 
the restoration, as they would fill matter that a particular idea was and years. Such was the genius of 



a 



whole article 



in 



In spite of its forty -four years, 



themselves, not new, his way of interpreting 




the car was in astonishingly 




ood 



condition, and 




very little 




Frank Hornby. Many men and boys 



new, and endowed with today have very good reason to be 
quality of all his products, thankful for it. 



way, his Meccano products 




to bring it back to a pristine glow, would be different to and 
The result can be seen at the top than any competitor. 



hope 



to 



continue 



the 




fascinating story of the Meccano 
Motor Car in a future edition. 



* 



■ 



. 



26 






1977 








* 




* 



% 






• 









LOVE 



Catella of Buenos 

_ 

Meccano Engineer 12 (1976 June 

September) showed Jorge's 1905 



Rolls 



Royce, 




we 



have the 



pleasure of seeing here his Fiat F - 2 
Sports Car. This model is an excel- 
lent interpretation of the 97kW 
(130 HP) monster which was made 
especially for the Grand Prix de 
France . 



Alongside 




engine 

parts by Jorge, 

bein 

1:8. 



fully-detailed 

in Meccano 

whole 



m 





to a scale of approximately 



The transmission and gearbox are 
included in the reproduction with a 
standard -type rear differential feed- 
ing second-stage half-shafts fitted 
with sprocket and chain drive to 
the rear wheels. 




of 



Meccano 



use 



Electrical 



often-neglected 



Parts 



has 




footbrake 



enabled Jorge to put in some detail 
work on the engine and bonnet. 

on the 
transmission shaft, and a handbrake 

on the rear wheels. The original car 

is in the Torino Museum in Italy. 

















27 




. £3&a&SHKB 




THE CHILEAN MECCANO CLUB 

In our Chilean Meccano Club, we 
number 9 members, four in their 

late forties like myself, and five in 
their mid -teens. I was appointed 
president, a mostly honorary title 
as, because of my work, I have to 
make frequent trips out of town. 

Our secretary is George Zalazar, 
who has a remarkable collection of 
old Meccanos. 

What should be especially re- 
marked is the fact that, while 8 of 
us are in Santiago, our member 
Carmelo Nizza lives in Conception, 
some 650km to the south. He has 
been twice to visit us; otherwise, he 
still manages to participate actively 
through the mail. 

We have generally managed to 
meet once a week at one of the 
members* homes. We have pooled 
our Meccanos as we are short of 
some parts. We particularly lack 
some parts that appeared after the 
yellow/silver period began, and we 
have to use Marklin motors, as we 
are unable to get Meccano ones. 

We have not made public dis- 
plays, but have managed to invite 
quite a number of good friends and 



neighbours 
have been 




our work: all 
impressed. Un 



fortunately, none could get Mec- 
canos as it is not on the market. 

We use sets brought by persons 
returned from abroad or bought 
before the war, I am the only one 
with new parts (silver, yellow, blue) 
which I bought when I returned to 
Chile in early 1975. 

Next year we expect to mount 
perhaps a couple of shows, if not 
more, at the schools of our younger 
memb ers . 

Because of our inexperience in 
obscure science of photo- 
graphy, we have not yet been able 
to get a photo of the club members 
that would allow you to recognize 
them properly as members of the 
human race, but we keep trying. 
Soon we hope to come up with a 
truly decent photo, then you shall 
see our faces. We are not beautiful, 
but we do not scare people! 

Raul Gatica 



the 



PO Box 549 



Santiago, 



Chile. 



MECCANO 



IN 



IOWA, 



USA 



Enthusiasts interested in getting to- 
gether with other Meccano folk, 
with a view to holding meetings 
and/or exhibitions in the central 
Iowa area, 

Bowley, 3916 
50322 




contact Bob 
78th Street, Iowa, 

USA 



THE 
HOLY TRINITY MECCANO CLUB 

The 18th meeting of the Club 
opened at 12.30pm on 13th of 
November 1976 at Hildenborough. 
A good display of models was soon 
set up, and after a tour of the 
models, the AGM commenced at 
3pm. The agenda and statement of 



accounts were distributed to mem- 
bers present. The secretary gave his 
report; briefly, the number of mem- 
bers remained the same, and the 
financial situation remained sound. 
The officers were re-elected en bloc, 
President Tony Homden, Chairman 
Michael Martin, Secretary /Treasurer 
Frank Palin. 

With the AGM out of the way, 
tea was served at 4.30pm, and the 
following models were demon- 
strated : 

1] Phil Bradley's model of a 250- 
tonne Hammerhead Crane used 
in Hamburg shipyards pre-1914. 
This model gave a massive but true 
picture of the original, with six 
Motors remotely controlled, 
2] Michael Martin brought along 
a l:24-scale model of the 70- 
tonne Royal Tiger German Tank 
built from one Army and one Com- 
bat Multikit. Internally, standard 
parts were used, while many black 
Pulleys, Gears, and Electrical Parts 
were used externally for realism. 

The Motor-with -Gearbox, sup- 
plied from four nickel-cadmium 
cells, drove the tracks through a 



spur differential, so 



through 
that 



steering 

turret was also 

could 



was possible. The 
motorized, and the gun 
elevate by remote control. 
3] Tony Homden brought along 
his model of the massive German 
800mm 'Gustaf* — the largest gun 
ever built. Tony has progressively 
improved this model, and now has 
a semi-automatic sequence of oper- 
ations triggered by limit switches 
arranged to operate the seven 
Motors used in the model. Using 
some 4 000 Nuts and Bolts, 46m of 
wiring, and weighing 42kg, this 
model was up to Tony's usual *big 
model* standard. 

Bob Ford showed his 1:12- 



4] 



scale 



LMS 



Beyer-Garratt 



2-6-0+0-6-2 Locomotive. This 
model is an amazing piece of work 
and illustrates the versatility of the 
Meccano system. 



5] 



LBSCR 



Adrian Ash ford produced an 




Tank Loco. One 



feature was that the screw reverse 
operated the valve gear and, at the 
right moment, leversed the Motor. 
The regulator handle in the cab 




controlled the speed of the Motor. 
Working brakes were also fitted. 
The fittings were neatly modelled 
altogether a beautiful model. 

The other models exhibited 
included: 



Adrian Ash ford 
Geoff Davison 



'Ding Ding 1 Tram car 
Clockwork Traction Knitirie 
m . ■ „ (from the October 1949 MM) 

Jim Dowswcll Giant Ferris Wheel, Contra- 

Rotating Roundabout. Fairground 
Octopus (Pimnv-in-thtT'Slol operated) 
«,»™i. R K'-Typc Bus & Austin 7 

Demonstration Relay 

& Computer memory 

-2T Express 'D'nauec Loco 

» * * «•» ^ *_ & Rubber-Powered Dragster 
Peter & BlU Roberta Motor Chassis, Trench 

Digger Tracked Chassis. Collar-Cutting M/c 
Enc SchooUr 2 Half-Track Vehicles 

Michael Stocks Fork Lift Truck 

Dividing Head for marking 

out clockwheel spokes 

1891 Portsmouth Tram car 

Compact Strip Bend in k M/c 



Michael Edwards 
Stuart Fkld 

Bert Halliday 4—6 



Noel TaTJois 

Chris War ml! 
Geoff Wricht 



The Stuart Wilson cup was won 
by Adrian Ash ford for his Baltic 
Tank Loco, 

The next meeting will be at 
Hildenborough on the 30th of 



April 1977. 



Frank Palin 



22 Highfield Close, Pembury, Tun- 
bridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4HQ. 



MIDLANDS MECCANO GUILD 

The 19th meeting of the MMG was 
held at the 



Greig Hall, Alcester, 



Warwicks, on Saturday 25th of 

September 1976 at 2,00pm. 

The doors were opened at 10.00 

am by David Goodman and Ernest 

Chandler, and members from far 

and wide were soon arriving and 

setting up their models, meeting old 

friends, and really having a grand 

*chin wag' about their mutual sub- 
ject. 

The meeting started at 2.00pm, 
after the usual first brew and 
biscuits, with the President welcom- 
ing all present and introducing four 
new members. Some 37 members 
were present with 43 models, 8 
members having sent apologies. 

There followed a tour of the 
models with each member giving 
a brief description of his own 
masterpiece. This took 2 hours, and 
then tea break was called. 

The AGM followed at 5.15pm. 
The Chairman asked all to stand in 
silence in memory of two members 
who had passed away since the last 
meeting. Geoff Wright was asked to 
present Alan Partridge with his 
prize — Alan had won the N° 10 Set 
competition at the Henley Exhi- 
bition with his model of the Jodrell 
Bank Radio Telescope. 

The four new members were 
voted into the Guild, they were: 
Michael Edwards, Edgar Whalley, 
Chris Lester, and Robin Schoolar, 
Brian Rowe had asked to join 
earlier, and was accepted as a postal 
member. 

The format of future meetings 
was discussed at great length, and 
the agreed agenda to be used at the 
March meeting. The Treasurer's re- 
port was very encouraging, with a 



sufficient bank balance to keep us 
solvent. 



Members 



the 



attending 

meeting reaped the benefit of a re- 
duced meeting fee, namely 5 Op this 
time. The balance sheet was ac- 
cepted, and a sincere vote of thanks 
was passed to our worthy treasurer. 

The question of insurance was 
raised again, and the Treasurer was 
asked to make further enquiries re 
the financial outlay required. The 
subscriptions remain the same as at 
present, £2 for adults, £1 for 
juniors under 18 years, and £2.50 
for overseas members. 

Hon. Secretary's Report; 

During the previous 12 months, 

the committee had issued two 

meeting reports, two newsheets, 
and an extra newsheet with the 



meeting notice, 
stands at 55 . 



The membership 
Members attendee! 



exhibitions at Stratford-on-Avon, 
Clitheroe, Stoneleigh, and Henley. 
All these shows were well-received 
by the public. 

Two models built by Guild mem- 
bers had been accepted by Meccano 
Ltd for display models under their 
N° 10 Set Model scheme, these 
were Alan Partridge's Jodrell Bank 
Radio Telescope and Roger Wallis* 
Leyland Service Bus. 

Thanks were expressed to the 
organizers of the model section of 

the Stoneleigh Town & Country 

Festival, and to the organizers of 
the Henley Exhibition and the 



Clitheroe exhibition. These three 
events put Meccano on the map 
countrywide. A letter of thanks 
to the Hall Committee for allowing 
us the use of the hall and its facili- 
ties at a low rent was requested by 
all members. 

The Guild proposes to meet 
again on March 26th and Sep- 
tember 24th, 1977, at the same 
venue. Ernest Chandler 

86 Clopton Rd, Stratford-on-Avon, 
Warwicks, CV37 6SN, England. 



NORTHEASTERN 

MECCANO SOCIETY 

Meetings during the autumn were 
very well attended, full of interest, 
with an encouraging growth in 
adult membership. The question of 
a Junior Section has been discussed, 
with the result that is is inevitable 
that something will have to be 
started in this direction very soon, 
as well as larger premises in which 
to meet, due to increased member- 
ship. 

A welcome was extended to Fred 
Foster from Carlisle who, with 
Brian Reay, travels 129km [80 
miles] to meetings. Barry Wilkinson 
and John Lythgoe, both from 
Northallerton were also welcomed 
to the meetings. The September, 
October, and November meetings 
dealt with finalizing the December 
exhibition arrangements. 

The exhibition should be just a 
pleasant memory by the time this 
is read [see report elsewhere in this 
edition], leaving the Society in a 
settled financial state to launch a 
further and more ambitious show 
this year. 

Models brought to meetings are 
always the main feature, with the 
autumn meetings being no excep- 
tion to this. Brian Reay demon- 
strated an intricate French-Knitting 
Machine of freelance design, which 
was fascinating to watch, Barry 
Wilkinson brought along a fine 

Showman's Traction Engine, whilst 
Chris Barron exhibited another 
Showman's Engine of fine pro- 
portion at the following meeting. 
Fred Foster demonstrated the 
tractor unit of an Articulated Car 
Transporter, and Joe Etheridge 
filled the room with an immense 
Fairground Roundabout over 1.2m 
in diameter. 

Many models were on display 
during the year in various window 
displays, and some requests had to 
be declined, as we quite often 
found ourselves with no Meccano at 
home. There were times when one 
could not build for weeks on end 
because material was sitting in win- 
dow displays. 

There is always a welcome ex- 
change of views at meetings, in- 
dividual discussion of problems en- 
countered, exchange of parts from 
one colour to another, coupled 
with the endless items of historic 



interest which 
meetings. 



appear at most 

Frank Beadle 



'Greytyles', 



Yoredale 



Avenue, 



Darlington, DL3 9AN, England. 



NORTH WEST MECCANO GUILD 

Between Meccano exhibitions in 
Clitheroe, the North West Meccano 
Guild makes every attempt to sup- 
port other Meccano functions 
during the year, and this season has 
been no exception, with NWMG 
representatives at every organized 
Meccano exhibition, display, and 

fjrivate meeting north of the Mid- 
ands! 

Norman Mason made an out- 
standing contribution to Guild pub- 
licity with a huge display at the 
local school in Stand ish; all the 
more remarkable as, on the day, 
Norman was unaided by any other 
member. A gratifying response was 
Norman's reward for his efforts! 



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Barry Wilkinson presented a 2.5m 

WALKING DRAGLINE 

NEMS 



Darlington 



at the 
exhibition 



Ernest Keighly proudly showed two 
of his excellent looms at the 
Melior Festival in June, assisted by 
the secretary with an American Car 
model, Hal Hussey deserves special 
mention as the NWMG's chief 
Meccanograph designer; his latest 



examples 
nated 




were on view to a fasci- 
ience at the Yeadon 
Scouts' Hobbies Exhibition in Sep- 
tember, 

The NWMG's own 



October 9th 



meeting on 
was attended by all 
the following Meceanomen with 
their models, the extra attractions 



included 



an 



unusual 



Steam Engine driven by 



Overtype 
a Motor- 



with-Gearbox, built by Frank Swin- 
dells, The Chairman, Sidney White- 
side, again proved his mastery of 
the fairground with a Power Swing- 
boats and a Roundabout. Both 



large and corn- 
efficiency was 




models were very 
plex, and their 
roved by the fact that either could 
e run off the highest resistance- 
setting of the transformer, 

David Cowgill proudly displayed 
a wide variety of vehicles, one of 
which was a High-Speed Dragster, 
all set to 'burn up' any track! 

Mike Pashley's Trench Digger on 
a mobile base 



supermodel 



class, 



was again m 
the sides 



the 



being 



omitted to reveal the fabulously- 
complex interior. Graham Brown 
performed near-miracles by getting 
so many action features into his 
'Super 700 Motor Grader' at only 
395mm long. The driver's cab in 
this model fairly bristled with levers 
to operate the many devices such as 
urader blade angle and tilt. John 



B ad er 's 



angle 

Grandmother 






Clock 



boasted a motor-driven rewind for 



the clock weight. To save 

the Motor switched 
when required to 



power, 
itself on only 

do so bv the 



so by 

weight reaching the bottom of the 
casing. 



These, and other models, assisted 



at the correct time by the usual 
refreshments, made yet another 

success of the NWMG's AGM for 

1976. We can look back with 

pride on a thoroughly satisfactory 
75th year in the Meccano world, 
the only certainty of the future is 
that things will definitely get even 



better! 



Michael J Walker 



31 Carus Avenue, Hoddlesden, 
Darwen, Lancashire, England, 



PENNINE 



MECCANO 



GUILD 



The Guild has been extremely ac- 
tive in the autumn months, having 
been envolved in two large model 
exhibitions in addition to its 
usual meeting. The latter, the 
PMG's 5th meeting, was held in 
Huddersfield on the 30th of 

October. Just about every member 

was present, and the clubroom 
quickly filled with advanced models 

of every kind. 

Excavator enthusiasts were well 
catered for, John Hornsby's RB61 
Crawler Crane base was display ed 
next to Mike Pashley's RB150 Face 

models were to be 








seen in completed form later in the 

year at Bradford Model Railway 
Show. A. third Crawler Crane of 
smaller scale was shown by Stephen 
Pashley. 
A Walking 

many 
model 




enthusiasts 
of 





familiar to 



as the 
of the 



cover 
1950s 



many 

series manuals, was the exhibit of 
John Russel. With the finishing 
touches still to be applied, the 
model was very impressive in mint 




een. Another Crane with 
manual connexions was Tim Kim- 
berley's N* 10 Set Railway Break- 
down Crane, smart in modern 




for 



Two American-style cars 
our admiration: 
Walker's convertible, now 
for remote-control 



vied 
Michael 

rigged 
and 



running. 

Julian Cole's sleek red/green model 
with a silk-smooth gearbox equip- 
ped with a very positive gate change. 
Geoff Cole brought his Fair- 



schedule for the coming year was 
set up for the following dates: 
January 8, March 26, June 25, and 
September 24. Keith LaBar will 

the January meeting, Clyde 
Easterly the March meeting, and 
Clyde Suttle the September meet- 
ing. The Club Secretary will mail 
out notices of the meeting time and 
place to members in the Los 
AngelesHDrange County area, and 

to those indicating a desire to at- 
tend. 

Dr Keith Cameron of Ary, Ken- 
tucky was admitted as a new mem- 
ber. 

A draft copy of the first issue of 
the Club Newsletter was circular- 
ized and discussed. 

Clyde Suttle displayed the 1929 
Erector Zeppelin model on its 
mooring mast[see ME 11 p3-5]. He 
also displayed Meccano sets and 
parts available in the United States 
in 1911, 1914, 1916, 1924, 1927, 
1928, 1930, 1961, 1965, and 1969, 
and current sets, along with electric 



Motors 



available 



from 



1919 



through 1930. Conspicuously ab- 



ground Roundabout complete with sent were s« ts erf the period 1931 



a gaily-striped cloth canopy. A neat 
small-scale Showman's Road Loco- 



through 1960. 



motive accompanied 



Anton Calleia displayed a '/jo- 



the 



ride. 



scale model Walker 




Francine Cole had built the nicely- 
proportioned MMQ Jumbo Crane. 

Chairman of the PMG, Norman 
Chapman, demonstrated a rotary 
version of Newton's Cradle, Mec- 
cano Balls in a circular race of 
Large Flanged Rings, rotated by a 
mains motor, A very early version 
of the famous Meccanograph pro- 
vided simple but effective patterns, 
built (I think) by David Fairbanks. 
Norman Mason's SML Horizontal 
Steam Engine and John Bader's 
Self -Winding Clock completed the 

display. 

Most of the models already 
mentioned were also to be seen at 
the Airedale Scout Group's annual 
Model Exhibition at Yeadon on 
September 18th. In addition, a mini 
exhibition was mounted by HH 
Taylor of Huddersfield. Mr Taylor's 
name will be familiar to Meccano 
Magazine readers of the 1950s, he is 

looms, and 



light 



Tank with dual engines and a re- 
mote-control device. Also of note 
was the method devised to remove 
the turret and superstructure for 
access to the motor section. 

Ed Marzola displayed a very neat 
Steam Locomotive. Some time was 

spent in discussing how to improve 
the operation and realism of the 
model. 

The stars of the models shown 
were those of John Edwards. His 



three 



exhibitions were a 



major 

1.5m 'Ferris Wheel', a fairground 
Tilt-A-Whirl and a Truck -Mounted 
Crane. The Ferris Wheel was excel- 
lent with twin seats, flashing lights, 
and entrance stand. Another auth- 
entic feature was the model's 



capability of 
sembled and 



an ex 




on 



had 

brought a fascinating and faultless 
Ribbon Loom. As if that were not 



being readily as- 
disassembled with 
the sections folding up for trans- 
portation in the same manner and 
units used by the carnival shows. 
John's Tilt -A -Whirl was an auth- 





also 



enough, 

Giant Block-Setting 



had brought a 
Crane and 



reproduction with entrance 
stand, side railings, and movements. 
The seats would serve to 




numerous smaller models utilizing 
metal, Plastic, and Prima Meccano. 

The Guild's third outing was 
at the Bradford Model Railway 
Show on November 13th and 14th, 
where a small display was mounted. 
John Hornsby's RB61 towered 
over the stand, over 3.5m high from 
tracks to fly-jib. Mike Pashley's 
RB15Q, now finished-out in 
Ruston's colours of red and yellow, 
was a joy to watch. Alan Grimshaw 

built the SML Horizontal 
Steam Engine and a Double Big- 
Wheel fairground ride. Norman 
Chapman's Baltic Tank Loco, Tim 
Kimberley's Railway Breakdown 
Crane, and David Wilkinson's Ex- 
cavator were also on the stand. 

The whole of Geoff and Julian 




back and forth on the plates as 
they circled the up and down track. 
It is an outstanding example of 
Meccano modelling. 

His Truck -Mounted Crane with 
clam shell bucket is a masterpiece. 
All details and movements were 
faithfully reproduced with some 
very ingenious mechanisms to pro- 
vide very realistic action. Five 
Motors were used with a cable 
remote-control system. 
ClydeT Suttle, 6062 Cerulean Ave, 
Garden Grove, California, 92645, 



United 




of 



America. 






STEVENAGE MECCANO CLUB 



Like most Clubs, we regard 
Henley Meccano Exhibition 



the 



as an 



Cole's display was seen 



Bradford , along 
walking Robot. 



again at 
realistic 



with a 
motivated by a 



event not to be missed, and on 4th 
September 1976, 45 of our mem- 
bers descended on that now-famous 



Hand Generator, and presided over 
by the charming ladies of the Cole 

In ■ 

family. 



Stevenage Meccano Club's 100th 



A fabulous weekend, and one member, BARRY INGARFILL 
that the Guild will look back upon 

with pleasure for a long time to ______ 

Bill Charleson WF ^■_____HB___fe k ~_B 
5 Kirkstone Drive, Gomersal, Cleck- 
heaton, West Yorks, BD19 4QG A 



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 

MECCANO CLUB 

The Fall meeting of the Club was 
held at the residence of Clyde 
Suttle in Garden Grove, California. 




iturday 



By 



00 and 6 
consensus, 



the 



meeting 




1977 JANUARY 



Town Hall with, as usual, more 
models than the organizers could 
accommodate. 

Roger Le Rolland was in his best 
form again, and his Celebration 
Cake lent a festive touch to our dis- 
play. This four-tier creation was 

baked (sorry, built) as a wedding 
cake, but it was also an appropriate 
item on the menu of any Meccano 
occasion in view of the recent 
jubilee celebrations. 

Other models tabled by the SMC 
ranged from the simple to the ad- 
vanced, and the Secretary (Dennis 
Higginson) thanks all members, in- 
cluding our outside members, for 
showing the range of expertise that 
can bring enjoyment from Meccano 
building. 

The day was certainly a red-letter 
one for 6-years-old Mark Warder, 

youngest member, whose 
Plastic/Prima Locomotive model 
won him a N* 2 Meccano Set. Mark 
was not able to collect his prize at 

Henley, but 



our 



his 



headmistress 



arranged a quite splendid presen- 
tation at his school, and Mark has 
shown his true appreciation of this 
new possession by using it practical- 
ly every minute of his spare time 
ever since. 

Our Secretary was delighted to 
be able to chat to the leaders of the 
new Bristol and Solent Meccano 
Clubs, and we send them our best 
wishes from the SMC. 

At the Dunstable School for 
Handicapped Children on 15th of 
October 1976, Luton member 
Geoff Pratt again put on a film 
show to the delight of the children 
and their parents. The Club has 
been asked to put on a display of 
Meccano models at the school on 
18th of June 1977, any Meccano 
enthusiast who would like to help 
in this rewarding undertaking may 
contact our Secretary at the address 
below. Don't be surprised if, as a 
result of helping with this display, 
you are given life-long outside 

of the Stevenage Mec- 
cano Club. For those too impatient 
to write, Dennis can be telephoned 
on Stevenage (STD 0438) 53392. 

An Arts and Crafts Exhibition at 
Roe Croft School, Stotfold, Herts 
was held on 16th of October last, 
and included 27 models from the 
Stevenage Club. During a very 
interesting afternoon and evening, 
club members were able to answer 
a myriad questions about the Mec- 
cano hobby and the models on 





. Special thanks go to A Webb, 
his boys Mark and David, and to 
Stephen Kuc, AOgden and Mark 
Wadeson for their help at this 
display. We have been asked to 
mount another in 1977. 

Our outside members have been 
busy, especially Jack Farrington of 
Newport, Gwent, who exhibited his 
models at the Third South Wales 
Model Show at Bridgend, Mid Glam, 
on the 11th and 12th of September 
1976. 

On October 30th, Dick Barton 
(our special agent) took some '00'- 
gauge railway material to an exhi- 
bition organized by the Battle of 
Britain Locomotive Society at 
Letchworth. The main batch of 
SMC members couldn't get along 
there, but Terry Pope and his 
young squadron from Welling- 
borough flew the flag. Well done 
lads — never has so much . . . etc. 

Our 100th member has been en- 
rolled, and for being in that lucky 
position, 8-y ears-old Barry Ingarfill 
has been presented with a Pocket 
Meccano Set. Others to join recent- 
ly, with 




ceremony but equal 
enthusiasm, were Darren Fenn (8), 

Kevin Kebble (12). from 



and 



Stevenage and Letchworth respect- 
ively. 

Finally, Dennis reddens our 
countenances by thanking the 
group leaders for their 'efforts' in 
1976. I'm sure I speak for us all 
when I say that it has been a real 



pleasure. 
SMC, 



7 



Bernard Dunkley. 
Buckthorne Avenue, 



Stevenage, Herts, SGI ITT, England 










29 



1 




WELLINGBOROUGH & DISTRICT 

MECCANO CLUB 

Since our last club report, we have 
been to several exhibitions. The 

Meccano Exhibition at 




Henley-on-Thames 



» 



which 



all 



members thoroughly enjoyed, was 
the Club's first visit, and incidental' 



The 
exhibited 



ly, our first outing together 
following members 
models: Richard Fisher, a Dragster; 
Michael Lawrence, a Motor Bike 
and an Army Jeep; Paul Dickin, a 
Dockyard Crane; Stephen Burgess, 
a Strongman with Dumbells. 




October, we were in- 
vited to display our models at 

Irchester Model Railway Exhibition 



This, our first local event, proved 
very successful and created much 
interest. My father and I had built 

m the 1928 
SML, a most fascinating model to 

Our club chairman, Ivor 



the Ship Coaler 




operate. 
Dickin. 



electro-magnet, 
watched 



replaced the grab with an 

and little 




trips were 



spellbound as 
hoisted 



eyes 
Meccano 




aloft, then 

into the truck, which in 
turn despatched them through the 

hopper. A Tower Crane with auto- 
matic *■■■•—■■■ 




by Paul Gautry was also 

on show, as was a Drop Hammer 
and Grinding Wheel by Matthew 
Traxton. 

Later in October, we responded 
to an invitation from the '92 

in 




Squadron* to join 

bit ion at Letch worth. 

played my own models, the Beyer- 



exhi- 

Here I dis- 



Garratt 



Locomotive, 



and 



the 



Double Decker Bus with complete 
working chassis. Various small 
models from our younger members 
made up the display. 

One new member has been en- 
rolled, and we welcome David Lack 



of Wollaston, 



Terry Pope 



16, Princess Way, Wellingborough, 




NN8 2HJ, England. 



MECCANO 



IN 



TASMANIA 



An enthusiast in Tasmania has writ- 
ten to us in the hope of contacting 
Meccano enthusiasts in his part of 
the world. He writes: "I would like 




a * 



to join a Meccano Club in A usiralia, 
hut I do not know of the where- 
about s. I am anxious to get in 
touch with other enthusiasts, as 
Meccano is nowhere near as big a 
hobby here as in England, with 
parts hard to get* and no exhi- 
bitions held". Meccano enthusiasts 
able to contact our correspondent 
are urged to do so; his name and ad- 
dress are as follows: G E Duncan 
42 Lavender Grove, Launceston, 



JOHN LYTHGOE demonstrated 
his freelance Meccanograph at the 
NEWS Darlington exhibition 




Tasmania, 



Australia, 



7250 



* 



POSSIBLE NEW MECCANO CLUB 

P Tonges of Emmastraat 3, Trom- 
menie, in the Netherlands would 
like to hear from any of his 
countrymen interested in forming a 

Meccano Club. 



All Meccano Clubs are invited to 
submit reports (and photographs 
if possible) for these pages. Re- 
ports should be approximately 
350 words long, and should reach 
us by the end of the second 
month before publication. Ed 










• 








orris 



MANY ENCYCLOPAED I AS 



at 



BUILDING 




the discovery of the mag- 




compass 



to 



the 



Ancient THE FRAMEWORK 



Chinese, but there 



is 



a 




of 



The 




INSTRUCTIONS Bolts also carrying VA"X V4" Double 



is commenced by 



Angle Strip 6 separated from each 
corner Bracket by a Washer. 

3 l / 2 "X V6"Double Angle Strip is 




thought which says that the navi- building two rectangular sections, fixed as shown, and carries a Rod 
gational aid used by the Chinese each constructed by bolting two Socket containing a 2 "Rod which 



Socket containin 
was not magnetic, but mechanical! lV&"Strips 1 to two V6"X VS"Double forms the stand. 



The 



South-Seeking Chariot is Brackets 2. Two of the sides of the 



interesting because 




contains a Nuts used should be parallel to the 



differential gear, the same concept edges of the lWStrips to give the 

as that found in the back axles of maximum space between them. The 

motor vehicles, but used in a rather two rectangular segments are joined 

different way so as to direct a by two further lVfc"Strips 3, the 



THE WHEELS 

The Spoked Wheels are mounted 



with 



Grub 



Screws on lVfc"Axle 



Rods journalled in the l 1 ^ "Strips 1. 
These Rods are held in place by %" 



pointer to the true South point of Bolts also securing 1 "Corner Brack- 



the compass irrespective of the way 



ets 




in 




* 



only one of which can be 



the chariot is 




seen in the photographs. The centre 



Pinions. One Pinion, 7, has its boss 
outwards, and the other, 8, inwards. 
Each Pinion is prevented from ex- 



I baulk at the difficulty of explain- holes of each of these latter 1V&" 

ing how it works. Build it and find Strips carries a 3V& "Strip 5 on a 3 /g " 



cessive 



lateral 



movement 



by 



a 



out! 



Bolt. The 



3*4" 



The model is 





to 



Strips 





from the lVi"Strips by three Wash 



build, but care must be taken at ers. The 3 V6 "Strips are also bolted 



Washer on the Rods. Sufficient 
room at the inside ends of the 1V&" 
Rods should be allowed for another 
Rod to pass between them. 



each stage to ensure that bolt holes 



by 



3 / 



8 



if 



Bolts 



the remaining THE DIFFERENTIAL 



are in 




so 




all Axle Rods holes in 



revolve smoothly. 




to 
Corner 
by three Washers 






At 



this 



» 



the 



point, 



the 



differential 



should be built. 




Bush Wheel and 



30 






- 



• 



• 



a lV4"Contrate Wheel 9 are joined 



by 



two 



lVi"X*4 




Angle 



Strips which are each separated 
from the Contrate Wheel 
Collar. A 3 /4"Contrate, 10, is 
on a 2 "Rod mounted in Contrate 
Wheel 9. The Contrate Wheels are 




separated by a Washer. 




further 




%"Contrate 11 is mounted on a 
lV4"Rod journalled in the Bush 
Wheel, and is separated from it by a 
Washer. A further 1W Rod carries 
two V2 "Pinions and a Collar. 
Pinions mesh with Contrates 10 and 
11. One Pinion is fixed on the Rod, 
the other is loose, but held in place 
by the Collar. 

Three Washers are now placed on 
the 2 "Rod which is inserted into 
the centre hole of Double Angle 

6. The Washers rest on the in- 




ner Strips 1, and raise the Contrate 



Wheel 




above them slightly. This 



Rod also carries a 3 >4"Contrate 12, 
which meshes with Pinion 7. The 
Contrate Wheel 9 meshes with 
Pinion 8. 

The other end of the 
tial mechanism is journalled in a 
2 1 / 2 "Xi/ 2 " Double Angle Strip 13, 
bolted to the top ends of Strip 5, 
and separated from them by four 




Washers. 




lV6"Rod carries a Z A 



>> 



Pinion 14, which meshes with a 
I W "Gear Wheel 15, mounted loose 
on a Threaded Pin attached to 

raised 




Double Angle Strip 13, 
from it by two Washers. 

COMPLETION AND OPERATION 

The Spoked Wheels should now be 

so that they are exactly 

centre 
apart a 




the same distance from 



of the 




and 




distance exactly 
diameter. 



equal 



to 



their 



All that now remains is to attach 

of 'Plasticine 





> 



a 
or 

Wheel 

rectly 

same 

whether the chariot is moved for- 



or Meccano)^ to Gear 
When the model is cor- 

he will point in the 

direction regardless of 




wards, backwards 
circles. 



> 



or 



round 



in 



Dashed clever these Chinese! 



PARTS LIST 
2 of No 3 
6 of No 6a 
4 of No 11 

2 of No 17 
4 of No 18a 

2 of No 19a 

3 of No 25 



2 of No 26 
1 of No 27 
1 of No 28 

3 of No 29 
15 of No 37b 
24 of No 37c 
35 of No 38 



3 of No 48 
1 of No 48a 

1 of No 48b 

2 of No 111a 
6 of No 111c 

1 of No 115 

2 of No 133a 
1 of No 179 



ABOVE 



RIGHT: The completed m 



• • 



el 



of the South-Seeking Chariot, complete 



with 



'Plasticine' Chinaman 



on 



top! 



R IGHT: A close-up of the mechanism of 
the Chariot, showing the construction of 



1977 JANUARY 





the 



differential 



and 



the 



axle 



unit. 





31 




jBasiaaaM8 




■ 




VwdS 



y 



button nor 



filming at 



starts the camera 

frames per second. 

single-frame' setting enables 




The 

us to expose only one frame at a 



time. 



It 



is 



som 





et 



by 



rotating a control knob and then 
operating the normal camera release 
button, or there may be a special 
socket on the side of the camera 
into which a cable release must be 



fitted, For animation work 



the 



The author in action animating a Meccano tank in a "table-top" setting 



single-frame facility is a must, and 
fortunately most cameras have it 
built-in. 



The 



second requirement 



is 



GOING THROUGH 

An € 



THE 



MOTIONS ANIMATION 




feature of films is that This is, in essence, a cine camera 



there must be movement — hence technique borrowed from cartoon hours to 



patience. The piece of film that 
lasts a few seconds on the screen 
may, in some cases, take several 



the term *movies 



> 



A 




without films (see also ME 10 1975 Decern 




It is a slow process, 



movement is dead, motion gives 
life. 




ber) 



The animation of cartoon 



In MMQ 1976 April, we saw how movement 



drawings to produce any imaginable 



is 



by various camera movements 



greatly 



when a three-dimensional 



simplified 



and cannot be hurried. The model 
must be set to a new position for 



each exposure, which means setting 




model 




ect, such as a used. If you have watched any of this point at the outset, so that you 



even an inanimate 

model building or bridge, could be BBC TV's 
filmed in 

movement. 





18 times for 



is 



each second of screen time. I make 




Roundabout 



or 




But 



a way as to im 




most 



Meccano 



Taddington Bear' series, you will 
know how effective the animation 



are under no illusions about it. You 




models are working models, and of solid objects can be. Whether the 




g means movement. 



Indiscriminate, 



or 



too 




camera movement can be disturb- 



animation is of drawings or models, 
the basic principle remains the same 



need patience, but then is 
patience not an essential ingredient 

in building Meccano models? 




mg 

most 




the creation of the 




audience. It is better for artificial movement 



of 



Thirdly, you will need a really 

your camera. A 






should move. 



that the subject itself 



This 



is where 





If you 




ood tripod is usually sufficient, 
but it must be rock steady. Particu- 



working model is ideal. 

Advanced model builders are in 




a strip of cine lar care is needed w 




filming, so 



a moving object, you can that you do not inadvertantly kick 



their 




here. 






e Block- 



see that it consists of a series of still 
pictures. The object is seen in each 
picture to have progressed throu 





Setting Crane, a fully-detailed Fork its motion stage by stage, each sue 

Lift Truck, an Automated Ship- cessive picture depicting the object 

Coaling Plant, are all models that in a more advanced 

have a great scope for building-in action. In projecting th 

plenty of movements. Furthermore, still picture is shown one after the 





depending on the degree of exper- other 



tise of the modeller, the movements 

or fully 



in 




pid succession 



may 



well 



be 



remote-controlled 
controlled. 




pictures 



a 



second 



24 

on 



or 



even 




und film, 18 pictures a second 



io 



most 



typ 



of 



domestic 



» 



one of the tripod legs. 
knock in the middle of 
scene, will cause a jump 
finished film. 

Good, solid tripods are not cheap, 
but an effective substitute that is 
not likely to be tripped over is a 

'or camera clamp. This 
, a cramp for fixing to 

as a 
etc, 



mini- 




is, in effect 





cine 



cameras 




This kind of model is the 
film, as the operator's hands retain, for a brief time, an image of 



some convenient 
bench-top, chair back, fence 
and has a ball-and-socket head, 
on which the camera is mounted, 



to 

need not appear in the picture at all. 
But many Meccanoists have neither 
the resources nor the skill necessary 
to construct such a model. 



The human eye has the ability to thus enabling it to be pointed in the 

required direction. 

You could manufacture a stand 
from Meccano. Fixing the camera 




flashed before it 



Thi 



f vision' smooths the m 

from one projected pic- to the stand is no great problem, as 



ture to the next so that the in- 



In MMQ 1976 April, we saw how dividual pictures are blended to 
non-remote-controlled model gether to give the illusion of move 



the base of most cameras have a ! 4" 



a 



could 



Whitworth 




bush incorpor- 




filmed without hands ment 



ated, so the use of a V4 "Whitworth 



appearing in the picture — by 'stop 
motion'. Now we can advance a 
step farther, and put movement 



WHAT DO I NEED? 

As 



bolt 
under 







as 



such 



a %"diameter washer 

head solves the problem, 



a 



bolt 



can b e passed 



non-motorized models, 



or 



into 

models where not all the move- 
ments are motorized. This is the 
process known as animation. 



gra 



in animation, we must photo- through the centre holes of a pair 

of the action of 4"Circular Plates. The Circular 




each 



stage 



individually, the first requirement 
is a camera with single -frame ex- 




can then form 





posure. 



The 



release 



trigger 



point 



from 



which 



the 



tartin g 



camera 



or 



mount is developed 






32 



1977 JANUARY 




* 









r 



In conjunction with the tripod or 
stand, it is important to use a cable 
release to operate the camera. This 



little 



device 



in 



Bowden cable 



principle 



a 




is very useful, as it 



the camera to be triggered 
without accidentally moving it. 
short cable release is 






> get a 
long one that will allow 
hand movement without jerking the 
camera. About 250 to 300mm is 

quite suitable. 



GETTING ORGANIZED 

Because 
compara 





w 




long 




The 



scene 



as 



viewed 



by 



the 



camera 



in 



the 



table-top' set-up 



wise to see that, as far as 

you are undisturbed. The intrusion stoop repeatedly. (This latter 

of a younger member of the family, 




switch and two 3-pin sockets. A 
photoflood is plugged into 




or even the family 

in the 





? 



can 




is perhaps not so important 

younger readers, but for some of us socket, and the unit is plugged 



of an ani- *t is quite a problem!) 



into the mains. 



mation session. The ideal situation LIGHTING FOR ANIMATION 



The 



switch is 



is one in which you have a separate 
room where a model can be set up 



The 



big 




animation 




with 
work out-of-doors is 
and left undisturbed; then if you lighting. Our British weather is 
are interrupted, or find that you notoriously changeable. During a 2- 

the 



centre 'off position. 



cannot complete a shot in one 



or 



session, you can 




everything weather can 



3-hour filming session, 



to the 
lamps 

in series, 
quarter 



series 




position 



j 







quite dramati- 
may change, or the 



this 



allows 



them 



being connected 

come on at a 

normal power; 



to 



warm 



up 



» 



set up, and resume filming at some 

other time. Many of us cannot sun may disappear behind clouds, 

achieve this ideal, so a compromise or the light can fade so slowly as to 

must be made. We must select a be unnoticed. Unless the exposure 

time to fit in best with domestic settin 



before switching to 'parallel', where 



both 



lamps 



will 



be 



connected 






routine 



a time when we can 



the 




is 



expect to be disturbed the least. 



fading 





is 



com 
seen 




directly to the mains, and therefore 



(see 

this 




wiring 




full brightness 

By 



am 



Fig.2) 



finished 




Comfort 




n 




mation 



is 



most important 



ing m ani- noticeable change. 



as a very rapid and 



For 



convenience 



personal comfort, I mean. Working 



then, 






it 



IS 




better to film indoors 



means, photofloods can be switch- 
ed on and off hundreds of times 
without premature failure. 
In case of difficulty in 
series/parallel 




sw 




es, 



write 



to 



indoors in the summer for long under artificial lighting (ie, flood- 

nprinrlc with nhrd-nflnnrlc ic nn irilraf l^Ui n \ T4. Z~ «. J...:„«i~i« ±~ l ~ 



SRB Film Service, 286 Leagrave 



periods with photofloods is no joke! 



Beleive me, the 




gen 




t>y 



lights). It is 




to have a 



Luton, 



> 



spare 



set 



of 



floodlamp 



bulbs. 



photographic lights is quite con- if you are part-way through a film- 
siderable,so make sure the room is m g session and a lamp 'blows', you 

^^ then continue filming with a 
replacement bulb. As 



Road, 
England , 



further alternative is to buy the 





Bedfordshire 
be able to 






unit 



marketed 



well-ventilated. 

Make sure also that you can 
move from model to camera 



Malham Photographic Ltd, 



with 



the 






minimum of bendin 



out 
in my article on lighting in MMQ 



should 
order 



be 
from 



obtainable to 



your 



local 




friendly 





» 



ing over things 



1976 July, the life of these lamps is 



comparatively brief, and 




get 



lighting stands, tri- V ery hot. If left on for long periods 

remember they will over- 



photographic dealer. 

ANIMATING THE MODEL 
In 




that for every second of screen time even 



you 




order to simplify the actual 

possibly process of animation, we can divide 

cause damage to the lamp- the actions required into a number 

# ■* » ■ _ i* . __ «_ J_ _ _* __ „ 1 J _ ^T 





move from camera to holders, so a wise precaution is to of separate simple movements 



model, set model to its new pos- switch them off between exposures, may have 





ition, move back to camera, operate 



m 



On 



the 



o 





operate camera, 



and 



hand, repeated 



day 




films, 




a 



character 



switch off floodlights 18 times! en the life of any lamp 



switching on and off will also short- seldom does two things at once. 




tiring 



) 




m 




can be 



an over-run 



is all too easy acciden- flood. 



The 




espe 




He will move 





as a photo- stop, move an arm, 



head, stop, speak, 



safeguard is to 



tally to kick over the camera tripod make up (or have made up for you) 



head, 
the 




move his 




animation 



and so on; this 




or a 




stand, if they are awk- a series/parallel switchboard (Fig.l). simpler. 



process 



much 



wardly placed. It is best to see that The board shown has two 
everything is arranged tidily, and if circuits, so that 



possible have the 





at 



photofloods 



can 





arate 



Similarly, if we have, say, a tank 



four to animate, we can make it first of 



Each 



about waist level to avoid having to circuit consists of a series/parallel stop, turn 



all move over grass or earth, then 



> 




move forward, 



33 

















stop, elevate gun 



approach the subject in this way 
at least until we have 



avoid becoming too 
the early stages. 
Taking 

consider 



the 



mentioned tank. 



we must estimate how fast it should 




hand along a set 
distance at a speed that 'looks ri_ 
for its scale, we can time it and find 
out 

second 



one 



■ 

example, 



distance 



metres 
seconds 

a speed of: 



traversed 



model 



move 



effectiveness of the animation. 



1.5 meters 
24 seconds 



model 



above example, 






which equals 62.5mm per second. 

w, for each second of screen 
time. 



screen, 




movement 



across 

can 



be 



Remember that at this stage the 






nine individual move- camera will be fixed, 






not 





per second, exposing two be able to pan to follow the model's 
the camera must have ex- frames per movement. Then the movements. Adjust the focus so 



18 frames, so the 62,5mm model must be 




not 3.5mm, 



that the model will be in focus 



Fig 2 



but 7mm at a time. For a long- throughout the action. Adjust the 
distance shot this would be perfect- floodlighting to cover the scene as 



N* t FLOODUG 



tTZFLOODLICH 



TO MAINS SUPPLV 






adequate 



and 



will 



stiU 



smooth movement. 



give 




ensuring that the entire 



The proceedure for actually film- 



area of action is evenly lit. 
With the model at 




ing it is as follows: 
First, arrange 



position, 



ad j ust 



the 




camera 



ex- 






model in its posure setting to 




the lighting 



camera with the model 



m 
due 



set up the conditions, or switch on the auto- 






making 



matic exposure control. Set the 
camera to 'single-frame 



allowance 



for 



the 






DOUBLE *OLC 2 WAY SWITCH WITH 
CENTRE t>FF" - RATED AT 2*0V,5AMP 



exposure 

expose two frames. Move the 

model forward by the distance 




intended movement of the model 

so that it will still be in sight at the calculated (7mm in the example 



end of its movement. If necessary, 



try positional 



above) 



and 



end 



A 



the 

ensure 

viewfinder. 





as 




will be at frames. 




expose 



two 



more 



the model forward 



of its movement 



and 



and expose two more frames; and 





looks right in the so on until the entire travel distance 

has been covered. Remember when 



34 



1977 JANUARY 



P- = 



\ 



-l^a 



i * 



I 












* * 



« _ 



moving the tank forward to wheel 
it along as if it were actually bein 




driven, in this way the tank tracks 

and wheels will be properly ani- 
mated . 

The finished result on the screen 




a good 




of a 



forward motion. If the 
model moves towards the camera 



either 




or 



at 



an 



angle, 




rather than across the field of vision 

- 

the smoothness of the action wi 
be even better. 

When filming the subject in close- 
up, or in cases where the movement 
is relatively fast, the amount that 
the model moves at each stage 
becomes too great for the eye to 



accept, 



and 



the 



movement 



is 



« 



unsympathetic', ie jerky. 
In normal 




, the images in 
each frame are blurred by the 



movement, 




this 



helps 



to 



ABOVE 

series/parallel switch- 
board for the control 

filming lights. 

BELOW LEFT: The 

circuit diagram for 



ANIMATION DOPE SHEET 



the 



control 



box. 



film 



sttano 



PAGE NO. %\ 



CENTRE: A compari- 
son of live action film- 
arid animation. 

The film on the left 

shows a plastic aero- 
plane falling 



TIME 



FRAME 
NO. 



SOtTND 

TRACK 



DETAIIS 



C*x» 



vj<Ut> 



REMARKS 



*»*v 



the 



floor by animation 

model Is sharp in 



each 

the 

speed 



re, despite 



supposed 



high 



\Z bO 
VZol 

V2.t>1 



*fefe 



motion 



VUS 



comparison, the lady 



wa 



past 



the 



live action film on 



the right 



blurred 



ttfc? 



,«>»■* 



«&^c&** 



vjvs ^\y*S 



Na« 



tM 



«Mvk 



RIGHT: An animation 
*dope sheet", for the 
animation 

firing of the gun 



the 



I «■■■■■■! IW» ' 



%»+***. 



Q'tsA 



Meccano 



Tank 



smooth over the action; but we are 
now photographing 



tank backwards slightly 



series 



each frame 



static poses of our model, so there effect. For the 



will 

ment. 
alternative but 



no blurring due 
this instance there 

expose 



move- 
no 
film 



remove 



one frame at a time, and move the 

much 



model 

frame. 



the recoil 

few frames, 
cotton wool and then 
proceed with whatever action is 
planned . 

your animation can be done 



half 



every 



same basic 




d ividing 



Our model 



now reached the 



action into individual move- 
ments and treating each movement 



end 
want 



forward motion and we separately. 



turn 



left. 



When you have gained a little 



After filming the first part, you will experience, you can try combining 
have discovered how far the tracks movements, moving two or more 

each exposure, details at a time. Then you need to 

really methodical to avoid for- 



rotate 

make a left turn, hold the left- 



hand track to stop it rotating, and getting 



where you are in the 



rotate the right-hand track only, overall plan of action. 
When doing this, allow the tank to 



f o llo w 



natural inclination 



a standard order 
movements so that you do not 




swivel to the left by a small amount, inadvertently omit some important 



Expose two frames. 






detail. Where a complicated series 







movements is 




it is 




expose 
until 



more frames each time 




turn 



completed. You beforehand. 



prepare a dope sheet (Fig.3) 



This 



will 



indicate 



can 



now 



resume 



the 



forward which item is to be moved for each 



motion until you reach the point 
where the gun is fired. 



frame, and how far. 



Animating a model of a warship 



The tank is now static, and you would be just such a 




m- 



can elevate 
exposing two 




step by step, volving not only forward movement 
at a time until but also numerous gun activities, 



full elevation is reached. 




how 



long the movement should 



take on the screen, and divide the 





radar aerials, perhaps aircraft, not 

mention escort ships as well. As 

is exposed, the cor- 
total amount of movement into a responding line on the dope sheet is 
number of equal steps — nine steps ticked off. In the event of having to 
for each second of screen time, break off in the middle of a session, 



Move the gun one step for each two it is a simple matter to resume at 



frames. The swivelling action of the 




the 



point 




where 

movements 




off. 



as pan- 



ning 
are 



zooming, tilting, or tracking 



turret is treated in the same way. 

To make the gun fire, we can 
resort to a little more trickery. 
With the gun elevated and position- although they can be done if care is 
ed ready for firing, expose about 18 taken to make a slight movement 



best 



avoided 



m 




frames without 



any 



movement, for each two frames exposure 




Then add a little puff of 




camera mount can be made from 



wool 



smoke 



to 



expose one more 




muzzle, and Meccano, incorporating a geared 
Add more pan and tilt head. This will 

smooth 




cotton wool and expose another you to make the 



frame. Repeat this for a total of 



camera 



movements 




are 



so 



5 or 




frames, meanwhile 




essential for a good movie. 




















35 




tw@£mim 




This model published in 1959 April the French 
Meccano Magazine firstly. They Called in 
French: 'Boite a 12 Vitesses'. It is incredible 



THE REVERSING LAYSHAFT 



Between 



the 



upper 



and 



being 





the farther pair 



lower oWRods. The upper frame is fix- 



how pass away the times Andreas Konkoiy gear shafts, the V2 "Pinion which ed to the upper 6Vi"Rod by two 

serves as the reversing idler, runs on Collars, and the lower frame is 



a 3 / 4 "Bolt. 



ma 



HEAVY-DUTY VEHICLES, 

chine tools, drilling machines, etc 
all need a wide 



THE SHIFT LINKAGE 





to the lower 8 "Rod. 

ear shift levers (Figs.l & 5) 

are each composed of two Coup 




of speeds. It The above-mentioned Gears with lings joined as shown by a 3" and a 



was with this special need in mind Key Bolts are slid along the 




IM^'Rod. A pair of Handrail Coup- 



that this mechanism was designed, way Rods by means of the frames lings form the knobs. 



The ratios provided are: 



FORWARD 



12: 

8:1 
3:1 




2:1 
1:1 

4:3 



2:3 

1:3 
1:9 



REVERSE 

2:1 
1:3 

3:1 




in Fig. 5. The frames are 
actuated by the gear shift levers 

seen at the right of that picture. 

The frames are situated on shafts 
as shown in Fig.5, the nearer 



Between 



both 



there is 
shaft 

Washers 



Coupling units 



a 



specially-co nstruct ed 



composed 
locked 



of 



Collars 



and 



to a 2 "Screwed 




Rod by Nuts. The exact order of 



i 






BUILDING INSTRUCTIONS 

THE GEAR SHAFTS 

A 3 ^"Perforated Strip is bent at a 
right-angle between holes 2 & 
and is secured by two Bolts to the 
5 1 / 2 "X2 1 / 2 "Flanged Plate (Figs.2&4). 




Refering to Fig.4, place between 
the two 2VS"DFlat Plates the fol- 



lowing parts: 



Above from 




to right: a 



Rod-with-Keyway is extended by 
a 2 "Rod attached to it with a 
Coupling. The order of the Gears 
all of which are 
Bolts 




with 




is then: a V4 "Pinion, a 1V6 
Gear, and a 3 A "Pinion; these are 
followed by a Collar without its 
Grub Screw. The next item on the 
Rod is the end hole of the right- 



angled 



Strip 




above, 
Washer, a 



which is followed 

60 -tooth Gear fixed to the Key way 

Rod by its Grub Screw, a ^"Pinion, 



a Couplin 



Pinion, 




> 




and 



Gear, another 




finally 



a 



Washer. 



Below from left to right: a 

3V6"Rod is freely journalled in 

the bore of a ^"Pulley-with-Boss, 

which is fixed by its boss section 



only to 





of the other Key- 



way Rod. The order of the parts on 
the Rod is then: a ^"Sprocket 
Wheel, two Collars, three 
two more Collars, another Washer^ 
the 2V4"DFlat Plate, and a further 





are followed by a 



>j 



Washer. 

lV4"Gear Wheel, a V2 "Pinion, a VA 
Gear JVheel, a Washer, a V4"Pulley- 

a Washer; all four 




with-Boss 

bossed parts just mentioned are fix- 



ed to the Rod by their Grub Screws. 




passes throu 





the 



Strip, after which the 




parts 



are 



fitted : 



all with Key 



The 

right-an 

followin 

Bolts 

Pinion, 

and a WPinion. These are followed 

by a Collar, the other 2 1 /2"DFlat 



a 



15-tooth 




Wheel, a 1 "Gear, 



Plate 
Piece. 



t 



and finally, a small Fork 




f 







36 



1977 JANUARY 












parts on these 




is as follows: two levers. The 




The Collar row on the left: 



are slid so 



» 



Nut, 

Collar, 2 Nuts, 
2 1 / 2 "DFlat Plate, 



Collar, Nut, Collar 

Collar 

lu 




> 





Nuts, 
Washer, 
of a 5W" 



that the Couplings on them run linkage into gear. 



ive Fork before sliding the selected 



along the Collar rows. 

If it is required to change gear 



with 



one 



lever 



only, 



Double Angle Strip, and finally, a should be made to Fig.6, 



Nut. 




will be seen that a 5 "Rod has been 



The Collar row on the right: fitted with a Large Fork Piece 



Nut, 
Plate, 

5V2"Double 

and a final Nut. 




Nut, 



2 1 /2*'D Flat which is in turn fitted to the second 



COMPLETION AND OPERATION 



lug of another Collar of the lower gear shaft with 
Strip, 2 Collars, two Nuts and Bolts. 

A Coupling is fixed to the Rod as 

fixed 




wn, and to this are 



two Small 





Pieces by means of 



The other lugs of the Double Angle 3 /4"Bolts. The single lever is 




Strips are fixed to 

shown 
The required 




other Flat swung in an arc so that the required 



PARTS LIST 

1 of No 3 

2 of No 5 
2 Of No 6 
2 of No 6a 
8 of No 10 
2 of No 3d 
4 of No 12 
2 of No 13a 
2 of No 14 
1 of No 15 



e illustrations. Collar (replacing 
is set with the 



1 of No 17 

2 of No 18a 

2 of No 23a 
1 Of No 25 
6 of No 26 
1 of No 26c 
1 of No 27 

3 of No 27a 

1 of No 27d 

2 of No 31 

30 Of No 37b 



45 of No 37c 



2 of No 48d 

1 of No 52 
26 of No 59 
6 of No 63 

2 of No 72 
2 of No 81 
1 Of No 96a 

1 of No 111 

2 of No 111a 
1 Of No 116 

3 of No 116a 



2 of No 136a 









! 









NEW 



FRENCH 



MECCAKITS 



The 



Meccakit contains 



In ME 7, 1 described the three Mec- more 
cano France Multikit-type outfits, two 18W 




many 




The manual shows a step-by-step 
Girders, including method of construction, with clear, 

12%" Angle reasonably-sized black-and-white 






Meccakits, which had recent- Girders, and the models are appreci- photographs; and 

ly been introduced, Now two more ably larger. On the other hand, they of the six models described rather 




have been 



added 



to the range : 



are 



less 





MT200, and MG400. These were there being no motor or gears as in 

mentioned in ME 8 but now an the Multikit, 




MT200 



Manual and an MG400 



the crane 
Another very noticeable differ- cranes a 



attractive. The use of the upper 

of the lorry Cab as the top of 




Outfit are to hand, so some more ence is in the colour schemes: the 



details can be given. It should be Multikit 



parts 



are 



noted however, that due to a trad- yellow or, for small 



virtually 



all 






ing agreement 




and Paris, the products of Meccano 

SA are not available for 
retail sale in England. 



Liverpool the new Meccakit, 






follow 




normal Meccano 
except that the 



The 



« 



MT 



> 




are akin to the 



Multikit Highway series, and the 
MT200 is a simplified version of 
the original MT300. It contains 
slightly fewer parts, and has 
four Road Wheels instead of the six 




in the larger 




Flexible Track is 



still included. The manual is in the 
same style as that of the MT300, 
but contains six models, as 
twelve, and each of these is a sim- 
plified version of an MT300 model. 





cabin 

appearance, and 
is about the right size for most of 
them. 

Finally, I would like to mention 
and commend to Meccano Liver- 
pool, the Bolt-heads used by Mec- 
cano France. Although they are 
only slightly smaller in diam 
than ours, this together with a 
slight taper gives a much neater 
appearance which would go well 

recently -adopted hexag- 



I 



* 






<* s 



From 
might 




be 



manual, it appears 



expected 



that 



as 

the 



onal Nut. 

The French Bolts also have short- 
er shanks — about 5.5mm long 
and this again gives a tidy appear- 
ance, although for general use it can 

be too short in some 

particularly if two Washers have to 
be used. 




Illustration 



reproduced by kind permission of 
Meccano France SA 



Ideally 



» 



we 



should 



have this 



design and finish of the parts is the 
same in the two outfits, 



The <MG' of MG400 




for 



Flanged 
finished 



Meccakit Grues (grue = crane), and 

the 400 indicates that this set is the 






length available in addition to our 



3"Pulleys are present one. 



same light shade of 



Whilst 



on 



this 



Fishplates 



are 



the 



brass -plated, 



the 

are 

non-standard, they are considerably 



Flexible Plates. The Washers in the MG400 




largest of the Meccakit range. As its MT300 set. The only non-standard 



polished ones that are used in the thinner than normal, and are about 




name suggests, the theme is cranes, 
and of course the last British Multi- 



parts 




are a Cab 




painted in 'french* red, and com- certainly 



in diameter. This seems to me 
to be a step in the right direction, 



kit to be introduced is a crane set plete with Window unit; and six of 



the 



Washer 



present 



standard 




, but there 
tween the two 




be 




unnecessarily thick 



the 22mm diameter push-on plastic and, although it may be ar 



whereas Wheels as used in the French Pocket 



it is 






that 

to keep the diameter 



earlier Meccakits were more or less Meccano, In this case though, these the same as that of bosses, Collars, 



comparable 



with 



Multikits 



conce 




> 



the 



of the two crane kits is 



are moulded in grey plastic, and 



etc, 





If^t .^F'%, "^wK ^*Vi _rf*^fc_ -^t-rffc j"^fc I '^f ^F 



have 



been 



allocated 



the 




very different. 



number 306. 



part 



have a smaller diameter as well. 



to 



Tony Knowles 




1 

* 





GRUES 40C 



O 










.6 





MODELS TOS PEAUSTS A OONSIRJRE POP JOER 






U M I M M 



MMPP MMKM MM 



MMM 




38 



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* 

* 



V 












1977 JANUARY 





O-GAUGE 



PICKFORDS WAGON 



By 



tion 



b 



TINPLATE DESIGN REVIVALS 



the metal strap 



of 



By DAVID PRESSLAND 

Published by NEW CAVENDISH BOOKS 

Price £19.50 



11 Boscome Rd, Southend -on -Sea, Essex, sed integral with his van sides/are 



the prototype, which Hornby pres- The Art of the Tin Toy (uniform 



with 




Century 




Model Trains 



Among the many pleasures of col- here actually separate pieces of tin- reviewed in ME 11) is a sumptuous 

lecting tinplate toys, two 





and 



plate, presumably soldered on. This production well worth every penny 
seem to stand out. Firstly,"the ro- might have been an attribute had of its price, and is a collector's item 

its own right. 
Bound in very colourful hard 



practical construction not one been cut crooked 



and 



which has preserved many vintage another so ill-formed as to buckle 
specimens for us today, in spite of the 



over-enthusiastic handling in the 
past. Secondly, the naive vigour of 



covers, 



and 



with 



an 



additional 



The wheels are white metal with printed and laminated stiff card 



very noticeable flaw in the castin 




outer 



case 



the 



presentation 



the tinprinting or painting, and the of the flange and, for turned jobs, superb 

-raphic work which interprets in they are just not good enough. It is Measuring 340X 270mm 



is 




Toyland the spirit of the real world true that the 



and 



of design and industry. 



ginal Hornby tin- weighing 2.5kg, the contents of 



Hornby gauge 



< 



0' 



Trains, 



for 



plate wheels left much to be desired, suc ^ massive proportions can well 



more than forty years, supplied 
these two virtues in abundance. 



but the Hornby cast wheel was very 




imagined 



224 



good 




contain 



The 



pling 



look 



over 640 illustrations, of which 240 



plendid, are in full colour. The photography 



New tin toys are still to be bought, until you discover that they too are is both excellent in quality and im 

white metal castings, as is the tail aginative in setting: just what we 



though not often in the form of _._ 

trains, and the intelligent collector lamp, in which thehole 
will keep his eyes open for oppor- that it falls off the peg- 



small 



have 



come to expect from this 



tunities to spot the 'antiques of the 
future ' . 



publisher. The colour printing (by 



The most extraordinary feature Smeets of the Netherlands 



is the 




in which the drip rail 



the 
ganization responsible for the 



If this same collector's eyes were seems to be impressed rather than colour work in this magazine) is 



to light upon the new offering from embossed. Close inspection 




of peerless quality. The clarity 




Tinplate Design Revivals, I am that the roof is made of a double the" colour pictures makes them 
atraid that he may be disappointed; thickness of tinplate with a slot cut jump from the page, and anyone 
your reviewer certainly is " * " 



The <N 




Private Owner Van 



Pickfords" meets neither 




the 



into the upper layer to suggest the questioning the price 
drip rail. Not at all a happy feature, should compare this 




work 

with 



standards just described, nor does it ation 



The colour is a good represent- cheaper books: if you want the 




seem to make much 



Pickfords 



blue 



ginal con- white roof; though the paint is thin 



with a very best, it's bound to cost more 



tribution by way of compensation, and looks it. and 



The 



contents themselves treat 



the specimen 



As this item is clearly an imitation under review, one door cannot 



the reader to 



a mouth-watering 



of a vintage Hornby Van, a com 
parison with the 'real thing' is 
appropriate, in fact, unavoidable. 

The dimensions and construction 
closely follow the standard Hornby 
product. The design of the chassis is 
similar, but with a curious 





without 



ratching 



cascade of models and toys of the 



the 



tinplate era 




1825 to 1975 



paint. All this, and more besides 
you can have for £8.35, 




is 



part 
1895 




presented in four part 



covers 1825 



1914 




seems to me that here is a and part 





95 
1918 



part 




39, 
In addition 



•> 



'edgy 

look to the pressing, the worst 
feature being a weak point where 
the horizontal bar linking the axle- 




and that there is a to the examples of tin toy 



plate 



idea; 
for a limited run of new tin- associated 



models 



in 



specimen is N°. 65 in 



gaug 




guards meets the brake 



hang 



Compared with the smooth flow of 



' (this 

edition of 
is a pity that Tinplate 
Design Revivals invites so much 



labels 

sheets 



phemera 



and 
ginal 



i 



boxes, books, instruction 



and 







> 



m 



way 



the 



Hornby 



pressmg 



this 



both 



The desig 

comparison with a product which (John B Cooper) 



catalogues 

highly 



are 



al 



a 



is 



pleasing 
of the book 
to be con- 



looks and feels unsatisfactory. In 
deed, the model has sharp bits all 
over. Tags in 

ghly finished, and those on the 




it so much better 40 years ago 



gratulated 



for making the layout 




pportunity has been missed aesthetically pleasing from cover to 



An 

to create an entirely new range of cover; it must have been a mam 
are over -large and tinplate toys of original design. For moth task 



my money, I'd rather get a Hornby 



All periods are well covered. It 



^™ e ^° f i he body are im Perfectly Van in need of respray, and a sheet may surprise many who study this 

pressed down — a vulnerable nf < T,atraci»+» ar»H u^ Ta ™*u i*&. Kont fn ^ien™««. fk^+ o^ w,r,«u 



pressed 
feature 



down 
The 



vulnerable 
corners themselves 



Letraset', and have cash left 



book 



to 




that so much 



over : 



seem to have received special atten- straight 



and 



I'd 



get 



my 




lettering from the distant past is still around, 
Aif Reeve and has survived so well as to be 



i 




39 



J 




available 



to 




includ ed 



in 




work. This is due 

measure to both the quality of the 



contain that have been hiding all Part 203 Headlamp 

these years; and * * 




for 



Mr 




* 



and to the care, preser- them. 



Huntingdon 



for 



one thank 
uncovering 



Part 203 (finished in red) was intro- 



duced in 



1934 



in the Meccano 



vation, and delicate restoration by 
an enthusiastic body of dedicated 
collectors. 

The book's author. David Pres- 




'must' for the bookshelf of 
every Hornby Train enthusiast, and 



Lighting Set 1 , and was also avail- 
able in black for fitting to Meccano 



Meccano Historian. 



Mike Nicholls 



Motor 



Car 










sland 




surg 



by 



been a student and 



NEW REPLICA PARTS 

Part 120a Spring Buffer 

i 



veh icles . 

of 




The Headlamp was com 
four separate parts, a rim, a body, a 
celluloid 'glass* and a 6ba nut. 
Having been so ebullient in my 



praise 





the Spring Buffer, 





can 




little 




is a 
in- 



collector of tin toys for many years. The Spring Buffer 1 was introduced 
One of his life-long ambitions being into the Meccano system in 1922. 
to own the best 100 tin toys from Apart from its obvious use on rail- 

the years before the first world wa Y models, Part 120a could be deed anything — to commend the 

headlamp recently introduced by 

the Transvaal Meccano Guild. As a 



war. That he has succeeded so mag- use <i as a sprung electrical contact 



nificently to bring so much of hi 
own collection and the 



The recently-introduced replica 





amples of other collections into borough and District Meccano Club 
one volume, is a task the story of * s a beautiful reproduction, exactly 
which would make another interest- following the lines of the Liverpool 



Spring Buffer from the Welling- headlamp it is a bit haphazard, but 



ing book 



Hallsworth 



original. It would be facile indeed 



to 



compare 



here 



the 



calipered 



ALONG HORNBY LINES 

By BERNARD HUNTINGDON 
Published by OXFORD PUBLISHING Co 

Price: £3.60 

'Along Hornby Lines' is not an at- 



measurements of the original and 

replica as, in all cases 



t 






one on 



the sample reviewed, these agree to 



within 0.01mm. 



The 



one 



case 



tractive book 




The dust 



jacket is somewhat overloaded with 
colour shots, presumably because 
there are no colour pages inside the 
book, and this is therefore the only 
place to show the Hornby items in 
their full glory . 



where this is not so is the thread 

length on the buffer shaft, where 

allotment of 




the original 

5mm has been extended to a more 

generous and useful 7mm 



as a replica Meccano Headlamp 
as it has been advertised — it is a 

complete disaster. 

The Oxford English Dictionary 
is quite precise in its definition of 
replica': a facsimile 
copy, and by this token, this recent 
headlamp is not a replica. 

The body is too shallow, it has 
wrong curve, and too large a 
slot for the wire. The threaded 

at the end of the body is 
with a nut that is 4,7mm 
across the flats instead of 6.5, and 





of 

piece 



Inside, 



after 




some nice, 



but 



The main, central buffer section complemented 

ica is turned from one 
steel and, at a small extra 

finished in 



by 



» 





a 
ion 



washer 

where 



of 
no 



charge, can be 



immaculate 




bright 



nickel-plate; 



obscure 

washer should be. 

The plastic disc that forms the 
headlamp 'glass' should be 'beaded' 



obtrusive, reproduction whilst the sleeve section is turned on one side: it is not, neither is it 

the correct diameter, The front rim 



adverts on the endpapers, the book 
begins with a photograph of an 



from 



brass 



rod 



both 



sections 



astonishingly 



ugly 




of 



Mr 



thereby matching the finish of the 



is 




the wrong shape; it 



Hornby; but it is in the pages that 
follow that the design of the book 
becomes very uncomfortable. 
The narrow columns of text with 




1922 part. Supplied as two- should fit the body snugly and con- 
part items, each replica Spring Buf- tinue the curve therefrom; it does 
fer requires only the addition of a neither, it just sits there incongru- 



their 



ragged right-hand 



edge 



Part 120b Compression Spring and 

Nut from the purchaser's 



o usly , 



a 




When the 



outfit to make it complete. 




are fitted to- 



gether, all the inaccuracies add up 



constantly jostle for position with Wellingborough and District MC to form m u 8 l V lop-sided affair that 
the photographs and (mostly irritat " * ' 



ing) sketches. All through the book, 



one is aware 
the layout, 
reader from the text. 




untidiness of 
distracts the 



This is a 



itself 



is 




because the text 



spiced 



with 



fascinating 



anecdotes about Binns Road and 
Mr Hornby himself, and if one can 

blocks in 




get past the 

the grammar and punctuation, the 
narrative is absorbing. 

Whether or not the book will be 



are to be congratulated on the 
production of a first-class, highly 
accurate — not to say beautiful — 
component, to a quality that would 
have won the approval of Frank 

Mike Nicholls 
1 See The Railway Parts* JME4 1974 June. 
Provisional Prices: Minimum order of 4 Buffers 

45p per Buffer 

section plated 



no collector would 




attach 



to a Meccano Motor Car; which is a 

as this was presumably the 
for which the manufac- 




market 
turers 



were 



aiming 



when 



they 



Hornby himself. 



finished the items (rather badly) in 
black paint. 



Mike Nicholls 



1 See JME4 1974 June 



(50p each Buffer with centre 
on which delivery will take 



longer^ Postage extra on both types. 

J Burgess. W el- 



Avail ability : 
lingb orough 

Kettering, 



ONLY from M „ D __ „ w - 

& District MC, 66 Park koad. 
Northants, NN16 9LL, England. 



Glenada 




to 



to 



collectors, 



or 



learn 



about 




those 
Hornby 



wishing 

Trains is 

beleives that 

enough to be really useful in this 




is 



this reviewer 

exhaustive 





end, despite the afore- 
mentioned reservations, this book 

emerges as a jolly good read, and 



the author has added several pages 
to the slowly-accumulating book of 
Meccano history. 

For me, the most valuable parts 



of this 




work are not the 



enthusiastic pages of Hornby Train 

but the nuggets of 

they 



information 



intimate 



information 



that 




Price: 1.50 Rand (South African) per headlamp 

complete. 
Availability: P Matthews. The Transvaal Mec- 
cano Guild, 119 Vorster Avenue, 
South, Johannesburg, South Africa , 2001, 
Also: MW Models; see advertisement page 2. 

BELOW LEFT: Buffers, replica and original. 
BELOW RIGHT: Headlamps, new and old. 
















- 



- ' 



40 






1977 JANUARY 



* 



* 








i 




more 



ALAN PARTRIDGE DESCR 




nee 





DRIVE-SPLITTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR USE IN CLOCKS 



If there are two winding holes in the driving force is maintained even 
the dial, it will be a striking clock while the weight is being raised. 




• * 



but if there is only one hole, it maintaining gear also prevents the 



will be a simple timekeep 



So said a 

Being an awkward 



tendency to drive the escapement 




to old clocks, m reverse whilst rewinding: this 



my mental 




jam 



or 



even 



response was: "Does it have to be damage the escapement. 



permanently This is 



no way of getting more than two 
drives from one falling weight by 
cords and pulleys alone without an 
inordinate waste of height. 
Back 




guess 
by:" 



followed (with —you'll 

differential gears in mm 
No, it doesn't!" 




Examples of maintaining gear are 
given in a note by Noel Ta'Bois in 
MM 1952 October p465; in Bert 



A line to the Meccano Clock ex- Love's Grandfather Clock MMQ 
pert, Pat Briggs, elicited a lot of 1973 October Supplement p3; and 



information 
mation that 



including 



CO 





occ 




been 



used 



gears have 

drive 




Briggs' Astronomical Clock, 



to the epicyclic gear. 
, in these cases, practically 
the same as the spur-gear differen- 
tial , and in Fig.2 the details of the 
differentials have been left blank 
it doesn't matter whether you think 
of them as spur or bevel geared. 
Fig.2 shows how the drive from 



one weight 



Supermodel N9 6. In each between 



can 



be 



as 



timekeeping 



split, 
and 



first 
auxil- 



plitters in 



case, the winding drum is part of iaries, then between two auxiliaries 



Meccano clocks. He the cage of an epicyclic gear. 



should not however, be held re 
sponsible for any of the details of 




Before this line is further persued, 
should be mentioned that a single 




the following Pat-Pourri or Hotch- falling weight can power two drives 

Pav+virirrtJ At: 1_„ :«~ i :i,* \ u_. ~ 



Partridg 
Ther 





(timekeeping and aux 
are four reasons why a continuous cord or chain 




by a 



shaft in a clock should be 




wanted to turn 



to 



drive 



movement 




the 
fallin 



timekeepin 
weight is 



Fig.l. 
more 




cord needs to be wrapped 
one turn, as in the Clock 



and yet again to provide 

which does not need a ratchet, and 

which can be operated even during 

the striking and chiming sequences. 

Fig, 3 shows a design to replace 
the epicyclic winding drum — it is a 



spur-gear 



differential 



using 



the 




Kits, so chain is better. 




If 



the 



aux 



better than a spring because it 




drive 



ert 

hands 



through a ratchet wheel, 




passes 
same 



uniform force. In clocks with shaft can be used for winding. Pro- 



posed out-of-doors, which vided winding 



is 



completed drive. 



largest available gears, the T'Gear 
[Part 31] , to reduce friction, and a 
Gear Ring [Part 180] bolted to the 
cage, driving a ^"Pinion [Part 26] 



as the beginning of the timekeeping 



have to drive against wind, ice, and between the hours (or quarters) 



pigeons, the amount of 



quired is more than one could 



gy re- there is no interference with either 



drive 



this is then also a *main- 




vably store in clock 



springs. 





ear 



» 



If two 





hour 



to drive striking gear: at each shafts are wanted for strikin 



a number of strokes 




to the hour 



qual 




to drive chiming gear: a music- 
tune is played at every hour 

before the strike, and possibly in 

creasing fractions c 



and 
chiming, the auxiliary drive w must 

be split with a differential : there is 



The penalty for combining the 
drives is that the single weight has 
to be as heavy as the sum of the 



weights, or have a fall as 




the sum of their separate 

falls. Anyone who has had to wind 



an 



8 -day long-case clock, 



or 



a 



church clock, will know that trans 



ferring 




handle 



from 




f th 
quarter hours 



tune at 



REWIND 

SWITCHING 
CAMS 



DRIVE TO 
AUXILIARIES 





to rewind any of the above. If 
is done between the hours 
(and quarters) there is no interfer- 
ence with the function of the 



the 
striking and chiming g 



but for 



the timekeeping movement 



interrupt 



• any 
undesirable. In Mec- 



cano Clock Kits, the weights can b 



SENSING 
LINE 



raised 




hand in a few seconds 



and the interrupt 
but many Ion 




is not serious, 
clocks take 



one 

shaft to another provides a 

welcome breather. An electric motor 

& rewind however, does not need a tea-break! 

drive to The real advantage of a combina- 
timekeeping tion drive is found when the rewind 

is electrified, for then only a single 
motor and a single set of contacts 
are needed. 

The only remaining question is 




to VS a minute to wind by a handle, 

and architectural clocks much 
longer. In these it is desirable to in- 
clude a 'maintaining gear', in which 



tension 
weight 



where to put the contacts, these 
must complete the circuit for the 
winding motor when the weight is 
nearly down, and open the circuit 



TENSION 
WEIGHT 



when the weight 



is 



striking 



and 



up. If the 



chiming sequences 



Fig! 



MAIN 
WEIGHT 



lower the weight faster than the 
rewind raises it, the rewind must 
start at a point where there is 










• 



m 



f 



V 




f 





» 




y 



ft 



f< 





V 





f 




fi 



f 



y 



1 



MESSAGE FROM GEOFF WRIGHT 



Although 



fresh 



with 



Journal was 



made using offset lithography, circulation was 
small, and new contributions few; so a decision 
was made to amalgamate with the new Meccano 
Magazine. 






IP 



send in material, which will be passed 



possible publication 



r MM, and 



* 



readers. . 



thousands, rather than hundreds, 



personally to contribute articles. 

_ i i -■ * 



myself 









IRISH 

Dear Ed. 



• 



it 



Harvest meeting of the 



Meccano 



The next meeting 

Lake County Hotel, 

Mulllngar, on Saturday March 26th 1977 



..--.. _..._.._ „ „».—...„. provided 

they are interested in, or curious about, Mec- 
cano. 



have only 7 members yet, so any increase will 



be very welcome. 



Terry McCabe. 








enough drop remaining to run the 



difference throu 




the 12-o'clock 




sequence. Trip levers can be placed 
where the weight itself will 

them, but more elegant solutions 
are possible. 

If a step-down drive is taken 
from the winding drum to a shaft 
which revolves less than one whole 
turn in a full descent of the weight, 
this shaft can do the switching. 
This could be by a Flat Commu- 
tator [Part 551] and three Wiper 
Arms, but as the movement is 
extremely slow, this may not work 

It is better to use a snap 



well 




> 



as 



in 



Noel 



Ta'Bois 



mechanism 
two cams. 
If a 



> 



pened and closed by 




chain drive as 
shown in Fig.l is to be fitted with 
an automatic rewind, modifications 
are required at two points. 

Firstly, as there is no winding 



drum to 



drive 



a 



contact shaft 




g 



the 



sensing 




either the weight must 
rewind motor directly, o 
line can be put on the weight, as 

Such a line must always be 
chain, otherwise errors will eventu- 
ally creep in. 

Secondly, the drive to auxiliaries 

merely through a 



must 



not 



be 



ratchet, but through a differential 



with the rewind 



the third shaft 



as in Fig.2. Since the worm and , . , u .,. , . . „ 

pinion will not back drive, the P^.m .the auxiliary train to aUow 




pinion shaft is immobilized except 
when the motor is runnin 

A NOTE ON SPRING DRIVES 



rewinding. But NB — before start- 



b] 



Be 



prepared 



for 



a tedious 




mg 



to 



dismantle 



re-wind, reefing in on wires as 



a 



Motor, wind it just enough to lift the Motor. 



Clockwork you go, before it will fit back in 



the spring off the frame stops (or 
If you de-function the winding next spindle) and wrap two separ 



Do the whole thin 




in 



shed 



j 



wear 




a 



motorcycle helmet 



ratchet of a Meccano Clockwork ate loops of strong wire around it. with the visor down, or with eyes 

a 
lot 

of damage to ornaments, wallpaper, 
nervous pets 



Motor, you can use the ordinary If you are thinking of releasing the closed and head turned away 

timekeeping, and the spring from these wires to clean spring breaking loose can do 



drive 



for 



winding shaft to drive auxiliaries. A and lubricate it 



ratchet [Part 147 + 148] must be 




Think again ! 



Or: 



* 



your eyes 







42 






1977 JANUARY 



mm 



are required which can also run for 



long 



periods without attention. 



mm 



Here, the electric type scores over 



the 



clockwork 



and 



steam-driven 



units. 
In 



an 




world, everyone 



MICHAEL 
WALKER 

Secretary of the North West Meccano Guild I neither 



would install electric motors in 



their models, and that 

. the world is 






be 
ideal 



are 



Meccano motors 



» 



All 






model, have a fundamental require- 
ment for a source of motive power. 



electric ones included. No sooner 

Teal llie or have We installed one than We In this %-vlew of a Meccano model of an 




we 



started 



In 





with 





a limited 



exceptionally 



Meccano world, we are amount of power is available. 





for in On occasions, 




have 



n Car, the bonnet (hood) Is shown In 
the raised position to reveal the engine detail. 

The 4 Motors-wit h -Gearbox can clearly be seen 
In the forward part of the engine compartment. 



come across 



terms of different power sources; models of wheeled vehicles that two or more motors used together 



Meccano Ltd market a wide range 
of clockwork, electric, and even 




steam power units with which we to propel 
can drive our models. It's simply a 



flawlessly when mounted to double, triple, or even quadruple 

have been unable the usual amount of power can be 




once 



on 




floor! Of course 




matter 



of 




extra 



an effective solution to the problem. 
The American Car models that I 



the 



most gearing could be introduced into frequently construct, demand great 



suitable motor or engine for the the transmission to increase the power with two other 



model one wishes to 





From his earliest days with the 



Or is it? power, but the resultant decrease in 




ortant 
lightness and corn- 



Meccano 




hobby, 



the 



enthusiast 



speed 



may 



not 



be 



It would appear then that 



acceptable, pactness. 



m 



Under these circumstances, the 



that only a certain limited some cases, the electric motors Mo tor-with -Gearbox used in double 



amount of power is available 




available to Meccanomen at the 



and 



case 



of 



the 



Motor, one could 



'Magic 




has 

the long-term answer 

Clockwork are inadequate for driving" some of to my power, compact size, and 



any one motor. For example, in the time of writing (1976 September) P*°ve 





use this for 



powering light models, as the 



casing of the unit 




the 
considered 



slender 



mainspring, 



amount of energy. 
In the 




extra-large wheeled models light-weight requirements. I antici- 

by many P^-te the questions of those who 



the 



norm 



only a modellers. How do we solve this w ^l ask whether it is good 




a small 



problem whilst remaining 



Meccano 




by 



emplo y in 




of Meccano Meccano-marketed motors? 




to 
only 



to commit two or more motors to a 

is this mechan- 



modelling, more powerful motors Multi-motor 



common 
ically correct? 




» 



combinations, 



le 



j 



[Continued on page 45 





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WANTED Constructor requires Meccano FOR SALE 19 MMs (1929 — 1934) • Man 



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Continued from page 43 



When trying out these 
motor combinations for 
time, make sure that: 




As so much power is available, a 



friction clutch installed 



to 



the 



motors 



Technically, I admit that it isn't 




as pos 




All power leads and reversing reduce to a minimum 



absolutely 



correct; but the very 




near 

will 

damage 



slight variations in shaft speed of correct polarity. 



switches (if any) are set to the caused by a fault in the trans- 



mission. 



two, 



say 



j 



Motors-with-Gearbox 




If using Motors-with-Gearbox, 



bought at the same time and fed 



that all gearboxes are set to the trouble 



If you are willing to go to the 



of 



identical voltage, does not warrant same ratio. 



any concern when meshing 






power 




installing 



this 



extra 



in your 




transformer giving twice particularly of the motor car 



> 



or 



units on to a common drive rod. the usual amperage in the case of lorry type, stand by for an exciting 
This has been my long-term obser- a 2-up combination, four times in experience! Even in the case of 




Indeed, 



as 



in 



the 



ac- 

have 
combined four Motors-with-Gear- 



the case of 4-up, etc. is used. 



companying illustration , 





many other types of model 



a 



You have thoroughly tested all doubling of power wouldn't do any 



mechanical 



and 



electrical harm at all. It might even give your 
box with great success in a past functions before committing your heavy Road Locomotive 'sports car 



model car. 



motors. 




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The Hornby Companion Series will comprise a unique library 

of seven books dealing with the product history of the 

legendary Meccano Company founded by Frank Hornby in 

1908, The series will be published over the next few years, 

each volume conforming to an overall size but varying in page 
and colour content. In an endeavour to make this series as 
definitive as possible, each volume will be written and 
compiled by acknowledged experts. The consultant Editor of 
the series is Mike Nicholls, currently editor of Meccano 
Magazine. The publishers have access to the finest archival 

material on the subject, and all this coupled with the standard 
of quality that has become synonymous with New Cavendish 
Books, will ensure that these volumes will offer enormous 
value and pleasure to the readers. It is hoped that over the 
years they may become as cherished as the products they 
illustrate. 



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The Hornby Companion Series: VOLUME 1 
The Products of Binns Road - A General Survey - Peter Randall 
ISBN 904568 06 7. 224 pp, 102 pages full colour, 209 x 292 mm 
landscape. To be published Spring 1977, at £1 2.50. 

This will form the master Volume to tl\e series and outlines virtually 
all the products issuing from the various Meccano factories. It includes, 

for the first time ever, full colour reproductions of the extremely rare 
Meccano Book of Products - 1934/35, together with a similar 
reproduction of the Hornby Book of Trains for 1938/39. A full colour 
extract from the 1 939/40 book of trains is also included, dealing with 
the introduction of Hornby Dublo, In addition to an excellent text, 
touching on the development of virtually all Meccano's products, the 
book is profusely illustrated with over 170 black and white 
reproductions taken mainly from the original Company's literature. 
The book also includes an invaluable diary of commercial and industrial 
events. 



VOL UME 2: 



The Meccano Super Models - Geoff Wright. 
ISBN 904568 07 5. Autumn 1977. 



VOLUME 3: The History of Hornby Dublo 1938-1964 - Michael 

Foster. 

VOLUME 4: Dinky Toys and Modelled Miniatures - Mike and Sue 

Richardson. 

VOL UME 5: The Hornby Gauge System - Bruce Baxter. 

VOLUME 6: A Complete Guide to The Meccano System and The 



VOL UME 7: 



Special Constructional Sets - Jim Gamble. 

The Hornby Companion - A Digest of Meccano's 
Advertising and Literature - Mike Nicholls. 






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